The Youth Center in Nyamabuye sector in Muhanga district on this Monday the 2nd.August 2013 officially opened a mini library that will be used by youth in the district in promotion of their reading experiences.
The promotion of reading program is a being promoted by the government and is already in progress in Muhanga district. This Mini-library was initiated and stocked by a Rwandan association living in Canada called ‘Grace Rwanda’.
Elisabeth Mujawamariya the coordinator of ‘Grace Rwanda’ who co-started this project with Louise Karigirwa also from Canada said this project was started for to never forget where they come from.
“I had a need to do something to help in reconstruction of my country when I got to Canada in 1998. I and my partner thought the only way to participate in the country’s development would be to participate in education of its youth” says Mujawamariya.
The 2 women started the reading project in Bugesera district the birth place of Mujawariya though they intend to develop it to all parts of the country.
Josephine Umuhoza the coordinator of Nyamabuye Youth Center says on the things that are wanted by the center, the library was the first priority “and now that this is solved, we will move on to the 2nd priority.”
Umuhoza goes on to say “we have the entertainment room, the room for HIV/AIDS testing and we only lacked a library.”
The vice mayor for social affairs in Muhanga district Fortune Mukagatana says this library is going to promote the government program of teaching and developing reading skills in as many Rwandans as possible.
“We want to have libraries in rural areas to increase the knowledge of the people, those who know how to read and write top get what to read” goes on the vice mayor.
The Mini-library includes many books in Kinyarwanda, English and French.