Library: a gateway to knowledge
The Anouar Association for Development and Solidarity is set to launch its official opening of the library and the creation of the reading club in the community of Ait Faska on March 8, 2020.
The goal of this project is to promote a future where innovation and knowledge will open new doors for children and youth so that they can play an active role in building more inclusive systems and effective services in the society through reading.
This project aims to:
- Support disadvantaged children in their educational pathways by creating a library;
- Make a bank of educational and recreational resources available to underprivileged children through a library;
- Support the practice of reading and develop a taste for reading among schoolchildren in the community;
- Foster the development of each disadvantaged child through reading.
Mohamed Dekkak, President of the Anouar Association for Development and Solidarity, stressed the importance of a library to the community of the Ait Faska, especially to the next generations. Access to information, culture, universal literacy, and training in new technologies. These subjects, at the heart of the daily action of libraries, and are the goals of the association. The role of the library is, therefore, essential in helping to achieve these objectives. In addition, they offer a reliable and trustworthy network of local institutions that effectively reach all components of the population.
Access to good quality books is necessary for the education of young children. It is important to meet the needs of education, training, and information. We are driven by the desire to support the learning of reading and writing. Our association implements actions aimed at awakening the taste for reading and stimulating curiosity among young people and all public.
This project is created out of a certain number of alarming observations, in particular, the illiteracy rate in Morocco, which is around 60%. This scourge strikes adults as well as children, and more acutely, rural populations who rarely manage to pass through the doors of a school (especially young girls). Faced with this situation and in the context of the emergence of an associative movement in Ait Faska, the Anouar association decided to launch a project to create a rural library. The desire to share books; the search for pleasure in reading are convictions shared by the members of the association. The commitment and motivation of its supporters help make them happen.
According to Mohamed Dekkak, President of the Anouar Association who is also a book enthusiast, “the world is in the book, knowledge is in the books,” this is why reading cultivates and enriches man, the book and its reading contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of a country, a community and the cultural and intellectual development of an individual. A library will be the guidance and inspiration to the youth, and the reading club will broaden their mind.
Libraries occupy a decisive place in society as channels of access to knowledge and culture. Their resources and services provide learning opportunities, promote literacy and education, and help shape new ideas and perspectives that underpin creative and innovative societies.
Synonymous with education, libraries provide countless learning opportunities that can stimulate economic, social, and cultural development. Libraries also help to ensure an authentic record of the knowledge acquired and accumulated by past generations. In a world without libraries, it would be difficult to advance research and knowledge or to preserve for future generations the knowledge and heritage accumulated by humanity.
Preserve cultural heritage
Recognizing the cultural importance of sharing, Mahatma Gandhi said that “no culture can live if it tries to be exclusive.” If the impulse to share and reuse information and knowledge manifests itself in many forms, perhaps the most deeply rooted instinct in man is that of preserving his culture for future generations. It is one of the most important functions of libraries.
The anouar Association has been committed since 2007 for education, integration of young people, vulnerable children, women and elders, and health care in rural areas. In this spirit, it exercises different activities through humanitarian projects and activities in Ait Faska, such as this project: a library. Its projects and activities are today a benchmark in terms of development in the community.