South African Library Week begins today, 11 March, and runs until 21 March, under the theme #libraries4lifelonglearning.
Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi launched 2016 South African Library Week today, at Sibusisiwe Hall in Sundumbili, KwaZulu-Natal. She was joined by Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of South Africa, and Segametsi Molawa, President of Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).
“Lifelong learning is a purposeful learning activity undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competencies that includes developing the ability to search for information and actively, and independently create knowledge,” Mabudafhasi said.
“Our country remains characterized by divisions two decades after liberation. Lifelong learning provides opportunities to dissolve boundaries that may be in place among traditional sectors: education, the labour market and industry; or, other facets of society whether these are regional/geographic, socio-cultural or political. It embraces various forms of education and training: formal, non-formal and informal; the traditional school system from primary to tertiary level; adult education, informal training and so on.
“Libraries share in the responsibility for evolving further a knowledgeable, technological adept and prosperous society by harnessing its resources and redirecting these towards client and community services while providing physical and virtual spaces for lifelong learning.”
South African Library Week takes place during Human Rights Month. Throughout this month of March, the Deputy Minister will hand over Libraries and Modular Libraries across the country.