Botswana, Gaborone: Komatsu presented the library to the St Joseph Primary School earlier this week. This donation has been made in partnership with the Komatsu AM600 cycling challenge.
This action was lauded by the Programmes Coordinator- South Nakiso Kubanji, who said that Botswana National Library Service (BNLS) has a mandate of preserving the national literary heritage for posterity as well as providing public access to information and knowledge with information services for education, research and recreational purposes through lending and reference services.
Programme Coordinator Kubanji stated that BNLS gives professional support to school libraries, a duty they have been doing in Secondary Schools and some Junior Secondary Schools. Coordinator Kubanji mentioned that continuously, the Library mobilizes resources for effective Library and information services for its varied clientele; hence, it gives great pleasure to witness the contribution of the private sector in providing resources to learners for easier public access to information and knowledge.
She extended gratitude towards Komatsu for the initiative and responsibility. Coordinator Kubanji commended Komatsu for their participation in Corporate Social Responsibility and is committed to making a sustainable difference in the lives of the people.
Kubanji also emphasized that libraries are key to any form of research and information that may be needed at any given time, further that the donated Library will be a point for sharing and supporting the global vision of the Sustainable.
Development Goal No. 4: which speaks to Quality Education, which ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Kubanji reminded the audience of President Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi’s recently launched initiative or campaign on “MINDSET CHANGE.” She stressed that the Library is the right place to change children’s mindset as they will interact with books, technology and other school mates apart from their class teachers and class mates.
She indicated that it is important to win their positive mindsets while they are still young, to instil a sense of reading so that they appreciate the importance of information and grow a knowledge-based society for a knowledge-based economy that is envisaged by the government.