Education  Ghana Project #29847

Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans

by The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
Bring innovative libraries to 100,000 Africans
May 18, 2020

Jummai kicks out cholera from her Environment

There is no denying the fact that an unclean environment is a source of various types of diseases. The most common of such diseases is Cholera. Cholera can attack a community and can be fatal if swift measures are not taken to treat persons affected.

Jummai, a Librarian with the National library of Nigeria, FCT Branch Area 2 Abuja, is a participant in INELI -SSAf Cohort 2 program of AfLIA. She had been driving past this refuse dump site which is close to a residential area for quite some time. She did not really feel bothered thinking that she is a librarian and not a sanitation officer so she should concentrate on her profession and job.

As a participant of the INELI -SSAf program she went through training modules including ‘Innovation (SDGs)’; ‘Community partnership’; ‘Change management’; as well as ‘My Library makes a Difference’. These trainings set her thinking and she realised that a librarian is capable of doing something outside the library to bring about change and innovation for an improved life for people in her community.  

She contacted the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and held discussions with them as to how she could partner with them to clear a refuse dump site in the community at Pykasa, Abuja and make the site eco-friendly. She discovered that the dumping of the refuse was done mostly by children who were sent by the parents to dump the refuse in the container the local government had placed there for the purpose. She then encouraged the children who visit her library, including those living in that area, to get interested in keeping the environment clean. This she did by creating an extension activity where the children are taken through several topics about how to keep the environment clean by proper disposal of waste, planting vegetables and flowers in areas prone to refuse dumping, among others.

The refuse dump was subsequently cleared with the help of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board and the community now has a clean environment. She is so excited about what she has done that she intends to take on other activities which will make an impact in her community.

Her library now also has a very strong presence of children who use the library because of their interest in the extension activities which now include skills acquisition such as tailoring, photography, and computer appreciation.

The children were taken to the site after the first rainfall to prepare the land for gardening only to find out that the opposite space is now being used as the new dump site. This means that she has to do more education to stop the habit of dumping refuse in that area completely. She plans to go back to AEPB to seek their assistance to clear the new place too, which she is sure she will succeed because she has developed a relationship with them.

Jummai has this to say “It has always been my joy to acquire additional training to make me do my work as a librarian better. Never did it cross my mind that undertaking training in the INELI- SSAf program will get me exposed to working with my community in areas other than libraries. This journey with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board has been an eye opener and a very exciting one. Again, getting myself involved in interests other than libraries in my community, this environment activity, has given me confidence and boldness that I can venture into more activities other than library work and be relevant to my community. Librarians can be change agents outside the library”.

Stories like this from the participants of our INELI-SSAf program which has impact on our communities embolden us to train more librarians for all the countries of Africa. Your donation will help us to provide training to librarians to work in areas in communities other than libraries which will benefit the community by improving the quality of their lives.


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