First district library opens in Serengeti
by Our Correspondent
Mugumu is not normally making it to the headlines in Tanzania. The town in Serengeti district is in many ways isolated from greater events as it is silently cornered north of the national park of Serengeti and just south of the border to Kenya.
But on 2nd November, Mugumu marked its position on the road map and in the news. The first district library was officially opened in Serengeti - and it is situated in Mugumu.
The Danish Association for International Cooperation (MS), together with Teacher=s Resource Centre (TRC), in Mugumu were the main facilitators of getting >Serengeti District Library= set up in the remote area. It is expected that the library will put focus on education and knowledge through the world of books.
Already there is a lot of youth interested in the books at the library, and the teachers from the area now have a good opportunity to gain new knowledge and bring it on to their pupils. For many years MS has been working in the northern part of Tanzania through the partners in TRC, where the capacity of teachers is improved - in order to introduce new ways of educating the young people of Tanzania.
It is a completely new thing to the people in the region. Now they can borrow books for a period, read them at the library and in the future take them home to read and give them back within a time-limit, so that other persons can feel the advantage of the hidden knowledge in the books.
The library has already worked in a trial period and has experienced a few starting problems.
AWe had problems getting the first books back from the borrowers. Some people thought that the books were a gift for them to keep. So we had to spend some time informing people about the principles of sharing books and the knowledge they contain,@ said Kjeld Silkjaer, the MS development worker responsible for the library.