Learners at Chimwankhunda Primary School in Blantyre were filled with joy on Wednesday following the opening of Mr Luc’s library named after Luc Deschamps, who is the Executive Director of Jacaranda.
In their poems and songs, learners heaped praise on Mr Luc’s for the library which they said would help them read different books and gain more knowledge for their day to day life and also excel in their studies.
The opening of Mr Luc’s library at Chimwankhunda Primary School, which is the 24th library, is part of Jacaranda Foundation outreach programme of school and community libraries – reaching 55,000 children in Blantyre and beyond.
“We are excited to open our 24th library. Our goal is to foster a reading culture among children in Malawi and support the Ministry of Education,” Deschamps said.
With support from an American family, Jacaranda School for Orphans restored a vacant room at the school, painted and decorated it using the skills of visual artist Jim Alifisher, brought in shelves, tables, benches and books that were sorted according to the reading levels of the learners.
District Education Manager Anita Kaliu hailed Mr Luc’s for the library saying the over 2,000 learners at the school will be able to access books in a quality library.
“We welcome the library which will go a long way in inculcating a reading culture in our learners. Reading,” Kaliu said.
She admitted that most public schools in the country have no libraries and that there was need to improve on this.
The opening of the library was also spices up with performances from Angitawo Band, a three piece group and Jacaranda School for Orphans which offered a contemporary dance whereas learners from Chimwankhunda showed their skills by offering a traditional dance.