In 2010, ZeShan Foundation supported the fundraising concert for the construction of a library in the Vidyathilake Primary School in Sri Lanka, organized by the Room to Read chapter of the Island School in 2010. The event featured the world’s youngest professional guitarist by the Guinness Book of World Records, Yuto Miyazawa, was a great success.
The project has drawn input from parents and local community members in the construction process and is closely monitored by a local Construction Committee with guidance from the local R2R team. The local community is empowered and feels a sense of ownership through direct participation. Shortly after the completion of construction work, library was fully furnished and filled with almost 1000 books in July 2012. Having adequate light and good ventilation, the spacious 800-square-foot single-story building is welcoming and inviting to students. Training on how to develop reading skills, manage the library, and organize library activities were conducted for librarians and teachers to ensure that facilities will be fully utilized, and ensures the sustainability of the project. It is hoped that the library will be a catalyst to improve literacy and leave great impact on the local community.
Room to Read was founded by John Wood. The organization focuses on enhancing literacy and gender equality in education, so that “all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.”
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