On Saturday, 13th April 2019, CAP-SL launched its self-funded community library and resource center in the Jui community, Western Area Rural District, Freetown to serve a population of over 500 pupils between aged 5 to 13 years old. The idea was inspired by the burden in the heart of our founder and Executive Director; Baimba OSMAN Sheriff and his colleague; Ibrahim Jalloh, Programs Director to establish a learning hub for children to come and visit after school where they would receive mentorship, ICT education and read quality books that develop and build up self-confidence in children. Today, the center is serving over 5 primary schools and hosting more than 500 children from the community.
The library centre would provide opportunity for children from low income families and schools to have a world-class access to resources including children book, computer labs and mentorship support through delivering early childhood education and support. The Library is the first ever private own faculty in the heart of Jui community that brings children from all backgrounds’ to develop skills in computing, reading, learning and building self-confidence.
The model of the centre is to combine early childhood development with a child-centred development that put emphasis on listening, reading, practicing and testing. At the centre, we give child voice and opportunity to interact, ask questions and feel proud to try and fail.
Our model of tutorship is focus on mentoring the child to achieving her full potentials. We inspire children to learn something that isn’t found in schools. Our teaching curriculum looks at Coding for Kids, Understanding Computer, and Developing Self-Confidence, Learning to Read with Confidence, Story Telling and the Power of Communication.
The theme for the launch was – “Complimenting the Free Quality Education” The purpose of the ceremony was to create awareness and officially open the community library and resource center to the general public. The aim of the center is to create equal opportunity for students in the community to acquire knowledge and skill necessary for the attainment of their desired aspirations.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, the Deputy Chief Librarian, Sierra Leone Library Board, the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) for Jui and its environs, the District Supervisor of Schools and other dignitaries were present to grace the occasion.
The whole ceremony was captured in beautiful pictures below. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our stakeholders and our dedicated volunteers for their selfless support in making this dream a reality.