A library is a passport to wonders and glimpses into other lives, experiences, dreams & strivings of all human beings. A library opens our eyes and hearts to joys of the world beyond our front doors, allowing us to dream, against hopelessness, despair and ignorance. It is in this spirit of presenting hope and a world of escape for children, that Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School hosted a colourful ceremony to launch the school’s first library, on Thursday 1 st February 2018.Dr Ribeiro Parklands School The school was founded in 1928 by two Goan educationists; the late Dr. A.C.I de Souza and Dr. Ribeiro, who combined efforts to start a school that would cater for the interest of their community members. It was later handed over to the Ministry of Education in 1965 and is currently a public primary school that pays homage to pupils who majorly come from Ngara and Pangani areas, which are characterized by gang & sexual violence, drunkenness and high rates of illiteracy. This library launch was therefore an auspicious event that represented a new beginning for the school. It brought about a sense of optimism and hope for a better and safe reading environment, where the children could now access thousands of storybooks and numerous reading opportunities; something that has in the longest time been considered a privilege for the affluent. The event saw the entire school fraternity; parents, teachers, board of management, the ministry of education and hundreds of children, come together to acknowledge and celebrate the value of reading to the school. The event kicked off with song and dance from the pupils, who were beyond themselves with excitement as they were the chief guests of the event. The children were represented by their president, who gave a speech on the importance of reading to better performance in school and individual success in life. dr ribieroTransforming lives through libraries The thousands of books in the library present a valuable and alternative escape from their daily, sometimes gruesome realities at home. The storybooks are a pillar of hope to the pupils, as they are exposed to worlds of endless possibilities and challenged to aspire for change, to break the chain of desolation and pessimism. In addition to this, the school also has a Cerebral Palsy Unit (CPU) with about 130 children, who would benefit greatly by interacting with the numerous colourful pictures and characters in the books. Initially, the children only engaged in physical activities to boost their fine & gross motor skills. With the current collection of over 1000 books, the teachers and aides at the CPU will read the stories aloud to the children. Reading aloud has been proven as one of the factors that contribute to improving literacy levels of children with cerebral palsy. The library will not only transform the lives of hundreds of pupils in the school, but also positively impact the reading habits of thousands of other children in the school’s fraternity. Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School library is the 2nd of the 78 Hero Libraries in honour of the late Prof. Kofi Awoonor. We continue to celebrate this great hero, by passing on his inspirational values and teachings to the next generation of authors and poets. Just like the pupils in Dr. Ribeiro, millions of children across the country continue to struggle with illiteracy, due to lack of access to reading material. This coupled with abject poverty and other associated challenges, continue to define the future for most of the children in public schools. Our journey to starting the remaining 76 libraries in the next 200 days is therefore critical in reversing the negative practices and notions entrenched in the lives of over 500,000 children across the country. This will build a network of Junior Reading Ambassadors who will champion reading in school and gradually revolutionize the reading culture in the country. In addition to this, the libraries will contribute in nurturing a generation of enlightened and empowered individuals, equipped with skills to run a vibrant economy and contribute to community development. We are currently fundraising for the next 10 hero libraries in: City, Muthaiga, Chelata, Kifaru, Genesis Joy, Kilimani, Bidii, Thawabu and Donholm Primary Schools. These are public schools, that cater to thousands of children from low income families and have also integrated inclusive learning to support children with disability. WE invite like-minded individuals and organizations to partner with us to start these hero libraries and get a book in the hands of thousands of children, HERE .




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‘’To the family of Prof. Kofi Awoonor, words cannot express our gratitude. The best kind of
friends are those that enter your life, and help you to see a blue sky where before there was a
cloudy sky. They are the ones that have so much faith in you that you start having faith in
yourself. These are the friends we should be grateful for. God bless you’’ - Irene Ngugi, Head teacher


‘’To the family and friends of the late Professor Kofi Awoonor, a big THANK YOU for the
library. There’s nothing better than a good person. They can change your whole day. They can

change your whole life, he’s our Shujaa’’ 

- BOM Chairman

‘’You have given me a new life. Thank you so much for the library.’’ 

- Margaret, class 5 pupil

‘’I never saw this coming; it’s the beginning of achieving my dream. Thank you.’’

- Marvin, class 8 pupil-

‘’Because of the library, I will grow up reading and learning about new worlds. Asanteni

- Maulid, class 6 pupil-

‘The storybooks are very nice and I will read them all. You are my heroes!’’

- Natalie, class 7 pupil-

‘’I can now also be a hero thanks to all the books in the library.’’

- Gadhi, class 5 pupil-

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