Around the world, people are still fighting COVID-19, and no one has escaped the impact of this disease. In Rwanda, as in other countries, the consequences of COVID-19 have been many, affecting different sectors at all levels. The Transformational Leadership Center found itself particularly affected during this time; in particular, the Children’s Peace Libraries were unable to allow children or any visitors to come to the libraries.
In Rwanda, with the new government measures of the 1st of May, some services will be allowed to reopen, as long as they respect of the measures put in place by the government such as wearing masks, following social distancing guidelines, and washing hands.
The Children’s Peace Libraries were proud to reopen in this hard time to help students to access books, a service which will help them to occupy themselves as they stay home until classes resume in September.
The Children’s Peace Library was happy to reopen its libraries and receive young children and their parents who came to borrow books for use at home.
The Transformational Leadership Center has now six Children’s Peace Libraries located in different districts: Kicukiro, Gicumbi, Rubavu, and Musanze. Two of the libraries are new. All the libraries are open and have started to receive young children and parents who want to borrow books.
With respect to government measures, everyone must wear a mask, wash their hands before entering the Library, and respect a social distancing rule of one meter between each person. A few children can sit in library and read, while others can take home books.
The number of children and parents who came to the library is increasing day by day, and a few of them shared in their testimonies about how they are happy to be able to access the library again.