Niger: Arlit library
Nineteen thousand books for everyone!
In partnership with the City of Arlit in Niger, the AREVA Foundation has contributed to the construction of a library that opened in the first half of 2008. Objective: to democratize access to books.
A winning partnership
The City of Arlit and the AREVA Foundation have joined forces to construct a library in Niger.
Local partners handled the building’s construction adjacent to the Youth and Culture Center, the librarians’ salaries, and operating costs (water, electricity).
For its part, the AREVA Foundation:
- purchased the collection, which is made up of 19,000 volumes largely oriented toward children and adolescents;
- provided furniture for the building;
- financed 2 months of theoretical and practical training in France for 2 young locals with college degrees, which was followed by an internship in a library in Agadez, Niger;
- furnished a workroom.
Sharing a love of reading
From that point on, these young people were responsible for creating, managing and operating the library, primarily for the benefit of children in the poor neighborhoods of Arlit. A program of academic and extracurricular activities is being developed with teachers.
Objective: to make the library an essential meeting place for the young and old.
As one enthusiastic trainee said, “For us, the library will be a way to help school children in need and to help adults develop a love of reading.”
Building of a public library in Arlit (Niger)
In Arlit, AREVA has joined forces with the local council to create a municipal library. In particular, the group has provided a collection of 18,000 books. According to a local French teacher, this provision constitutes an invaluable contribution which has filled a great void.