Kagoli Community Library committee during the launch functionBY LAWRENCE OKWAKOL
PALLISA: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2022
Pallisa public library has opened as a new outlet a community library in Kagoli primary school in a bid to reach out to more member of the public.
The outlet, according to Enoch Nampeke, the head teacher of Kagoli primary school, will enhance community reading culture since it has provided them with essential books, especially for upper primary school learners.
Nampeke said the library was not only going to benefit his school but the entire community as schools including Kagoli Primary school, Sky View Primary School, Victory Primary school and Kerith Primary school among others will access the services.
The Pallisa public library was established on July 11, 2006 by United States Peace Corps Volunteers with the vision to improve the quality of life of people by inculcating a reading culture in the public.
During the launch of the new outlet Stella Amulen, the Pallisa library in charge and the project supervisor said they got momentum and strength to serve the public with support from Hudson City in USA, Uganda Communication Commission, Book Aid International and National Library of Uganda.
Amulen said they provide technical training and material support to public and community libraries in Pallisa and in July, 2021 Book Aid International made s global call for proposal on Community Reading and Pallisa public library benefited from £1400 (approximately sh6,65m) which they used to open a community library at Kagoli as people in the surrounding areas cannot walk to Pallisa town for library services.
Majid Dhikusoka, the deputy resident district commissioner of Pallisa, who presided over the function challenged parents to play their role in education because government has 90% implemented it’s part of paying teachers, funding all institutions and opening up avenues for external support.
Dhikusoka said after reopening of schools some parents have not bothered to buy materials for their children.
On the launch Dhikusoka asked the committee running the library to achieve the objectives of the project so that the community benefits.
Johnson Ochom the Pallisa town council assistant town clerk said they decided to open a library in Kagoli because of the facilities they have and also considered the distance from the main library.
However, Ochom said Ugandans have poor reading culture which needed to be changed.
“Pallisa public library has materials for all levels and computer services offered which made most learners benefit during lock-down,” Ochom said.