Friday, 3 July 2015

Imbuto, Bloomberg launch 'Library for All' app

Imbuto, Bloomberg launch 'Library for All' appRwandans can now have free access to over 500 books through their smart devices following the launch of a mobile library platform, yesterday, at Innovation Village, situated on top of the National Library complex in Kacyiru.

Organised under the theme, “A reader today, a leader tomorrow,” the event attracted publishers, ICT technocrats, students and dignitaries from different domains.

Speaking at the launch, the State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Olivier Rwamukwaya, said promoting the reading culture through the use of ICT is the modern way to convey information to students.

He said that most students already have ICT devices in schools and they only have to be taught how to maximise them.

“Although we have distributed laptops at both primary and secondary level, it is now time to develop a master plan of helping students use the devices better,” Rwamukwaya said.

The library for all platforms is a result of a partnership between the Imbuto Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the efforts to transform the country’s library services and reading culture into the digital era.

Rwamukwaya also commended the different partners for working to promote the electronic libraries in schools.

“We are collaborating with the different partners to help us equip schools but sooner than later, we shall move from One Laptop Per Child to One Identity per Child under the Smart Classrooms,” Rwamukwaya added.

Diyana Gitera, the deputy director general of Imbuto Foundation, said the initiative was introduced with the purpose of promoting the reading campaign that is organised annually with the idea of encouraging people to start reading at a young age.

“Our partners use materials that we all know and we can offer to young people to be able to use digital-oriented material that are of their interest,” Gitera said.Read More...


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