The Bamenda City Council Library Open Doors Children’s Corner which is executed in Cameroon by a Yaounde based NGO- Education Information Services International-EISERVI was launched on April 23, 2015 with over 200 kids in attendance. The Open Doors Children’s Corner according to Andrew Nyenty, Executive Director of EISERVI the project seeks to create safe space in libraries and communities as well as support the promotion of reading and learning in children. Andrew Nyenty further emphasized that this project is conceived by Book Aid International and it is executed across 10 countries in Africa. After Limbe, Bamenda is the second city to benefit.
EISERVI and Book Aid International he added donates above 60.000 books and educational materials yearly to universities, NGOs, schools, councils, orphanages etc. Andrew Nyenty also revealed that in the next few years his organization will work with Book Aid International to setup 8 more libraries. The selected areas include, Mamfe, Kumba, Kumbo, Mbengwi, Ekondo Titi, Belo, Bafut and Tiko.
On his part, the Secretary General of the Bamenda City Council expressed gratitude to EISERVI and Book Aid International for the timely support which he added “will go a long way to impact the reading culture of kids in the city of Bamenda”. The SG also used the opportunity to call on the population of Bamenda to use the gift for the purpose that it is intended by sending their children to enjoy the services especially during holidays.
To add more impetus to this year’s World Book Day, EISERVI and the Bamenda Council Library also organized a competition for pupils and students. The selected pupils and students took part in the essay writing competition, reading and spelling inter-school challenges for pupils and secondary school students (Form I,II,III). At the end of the day, winners took home huge prizes.
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