Library of Bereba reopened
The commune (and mayor) of Bereba has hired a new librarian, and so the library has reopened after closure for two years due to disputes with the old librarian and the commune. Those employment issues have now been resolved. The library re-opened, and FAVL is looking forward to working with the mayor on a program of refurbishment of the library and the library premises.
Below is our local representative translated (from French) discussion of the two libraries in Bereba and Dimikuy
Context and justification for the reopening of the Béréba and Dimikuy libraries
The community libraries of Béréba and Dimikuy in the province of Tuy are the work of the association Amis des Bibliothèques de Villages Africains / Friends of African Villages Librairies / FAVL in collaboration with the communities of Béréba, Dimikuy and the municipality of Béréba. The Béréba library was created in 2001. As for Dimikuy's, it was created in 2010. Until 2012, the management of the activities and the motivation of the managers were 100% ensured by the association FAVL. After a workshop organized by FAVL with the mayors of municipalities benefiting from libraries supported by FAVL, it was agreed to sign an agreement for the progressive transfer of libraries to said beneficiary municipalities. Thus, the municipality of Béréba adhered to the idea by signing the transfer agreement for the two libraries (Béréba and Dimikuy) in 2012. Gradually, the clauses of the agreement were respected until the end. At the end of this period, the commune agreed to hire the managers as contract workers, but a new law prohibiting municipalities from recruiting contract agents or volunteering did not allow the municipality to recruit.
From then until today, one of the major and crucial challenges that arises remains their reopening, their sustainability and the management of these documentary units. This thorny situation pushes FAVL, which supports communes to initiate actions, in particular requesting support from communities and municipal partners to get involved in this dynamic of sustainability of the quality of education; the sustainability of libraries being a guarantee of sustainable development. Reading is proving to be an important vector that offers the opportunity in particular to children and adults to rewrite or even reinvent their future and to positively transform the environment in which they live. Also like a well, a library is a common resource that benefits the whole community. It is in this context that FAVL is asking everyone for support to help the commune reopen the two libraries, make them work and motivate managers while waiting for a grant for the management of said libraries. The community libraries of Béréba and Dimikuy have already proved their worth, by contributing to learning and improving the level of education of young people in the municipality of Béréba in general and in particular students. It would be a shame to deprive the many students who are now asking for the reopening of the two libraries of such great help from their elders, which is why we hereby want to encourage voluntary and popular subscription among all goodwill in helping the commune to reopen the two libraries.
Reading in the library