VISION Fiji has gathered the support of the Motibhai Group in promoting literacy in the country with their Book Box Library project.
The partnership was announced yesterday with a gift from the Motibhai Group to Vision Fiji. Under the project, Vision Fiji seeks to promote literacy by providing all primary schools with a box of books that they hope will become a small library in a box.
The FIJI Water Foundation, the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) and Scholastic Inc, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, supported the pilot phase and phase two of Read to Lead Fiji (an initiative of local NGO Vision Fiji) to reach 360 of its targeted 732 schools.
And Motibhai Group kick-started the collection of funds from private donors for the remaining 372 schools.
The official cheque handing-over between Vision Fiji's from left, Marica Tabualevu, Gazala Akbar and Motibhai's Jinesh Patel and Abraham Gomes.
Read to Lead FIJI delivered Box Library sets of 250 books per school, to 330 primary schools in Phase 2, and more in Phase 3.
These library book sets include teaching resources such as a CD-ROM, reading activity guides and lesson plans.
"This will enable children to cultivate the habit of reading not just the text of books but books of general knowledge, science, geography, fiction etc," the Motibhai Group said yesterday.
Motibhai business development manager Abraham Gomes said there was no better way to impart knowledge than by providing books and creating interest and a habit of reading at primary school level.
Vision Fiji secretary Gazala Akbar called for further support from private donors to enable Read to Lead FIJI to reach the remaining schools across the country.