International school library day: Role of libraries in schools highlighted

Kathmandu, October 8:

Over 2,800 students from 14 schools of the Kathmandu valley took part in an awareness rally held by the Nepalese Association of School Librarians to mark the International School Library Day today.

The rally was organised to highlight the importance of information, communication and the need of libraries in schools along with the message of developing networking with the international educational community.

Sushil Pandey, regional education director of Central Development Region, inaugurated the rally at Shifal from where it went through Gaushala and ended at Chabahil chowk.

To get updated with the progressing world, students should not merely be confined to the textbooks, but extra knowledge is exceedingly essential, he said.

“School library, therefore, should be the storehouse of extra-curricular knowledge,” he said, adding that the government should help schools expand their libraries.

He gave away the certificates of participation to the participants of a library training conducted by the NASL. Sharada Siwakoti, president of the NASL, said libraries could also be utilised as the means of information literacy and skill development.