“Child Friendly Community
(CFC) Libraries Managed by
Children:
In a Conflict Affected Area of Sri
Lanka” by Lionel R. Amar...
Objective of the CFC Libraries
• Is to increase children‟s knowledge and skills and
thereby protect them from their life c...
Establishment of CFC Libraries
• 54 child friendly community libraries were
established in the district of Anuradhapura
in...
Anuradapura Map
Child Issues
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•
•
•
•
•

Incest in families
School dropouts
Child Labour
Sexual harassment
Teenage pregnancies
Attempted ...
Strategies identified by children
to reduce their vulnerabilities
•
•
•
•

Using street theatre
Peer to Peer education
Dev...
Libraries Managed by
Children…
Secure Place for Children to
Bring Children together
Discuss Issues

Access Reliable Inform...
Helped to Reduce the Incidence
of Alcoholism
Through children developing and performing street dramas
Equipping the childr...
Open Access Library System
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Free-standing Library Shelves
Classification of books using DDC 21st edition.
Sh...
Lessons Learnt
• Providing children with the information and skills to
influence their lives is more sustainable than simp...
Library Building Before
Renovation
Library Building After
Renovations
Children’s Club Library Members at the Mobile
Service at Divisional Secretariat
Banner highlighting
Migrant Mothers Issue
Banner highlighting
Migrant Mothers Issue
Banner highlighting the
alcoholism issue
Child Librarian at the
Communications Workshop
HIV/AIDS Workshop
Situation Analysis
Shramadana at
Sri Maha Bodhi
Anti Drugs Street March
Shramadana at Wilachchiya
Child librarian issuing books
At the Bosevana Children’s
Library
Serious Library Readers
What they brought to the
fair
Children reading books
Eagerly waiting to
Borrow books
Summer Hut Outside the Library
Prabath – Core Group
Member/Child Librarian
Divisional Secretary
Wilachchiya
Poster displayed in a library
Inauguration of the Basic Library
Skills Workshop
Ven. Thanthirimale
Chandraratne Thero
Non book materials
in the Library
Non Book Materials in
the library
Children’s Conference at
Anuradhapura
Child friendly community (CFC) Libraries managed by children for the benefit of Tsunami and war affected peers in Sri Lanka
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Save the Children set up a series of libraries managed by children in the communities they lived and trained children to run them, as a way of protecting the children from harm. The objective of the library development program was to increase children's knowledge and skills and there by ensure their protection; protecting them from all kinds of abuse and maltreatment.

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Child friendly community (CFC) Libraries managed by children for the benefit of Tsunami and war affected peers in Sri Lanka

  1. 1. “Child Friendly Community (CFC) Libraries Managed by Children: In a Conflict Affected Area of Sri Lanka” by Lionel R. Amarakoon lionel@savethechildren.lk
  2. 2. Objective of the CFC Libraries • Is to increase children‟s knowledge and skills and thereby protect them from their life challenges • It has also helped them to learn cooperation and encourage of self-expressions and creativity • It has help them to learn and encourage of language through conversation, story telling and singing
  3. 3. Establishment of CFC Libraries • 54 child friendly community libraries were established in the district of Anuradhapura in the following DS Divisions: Wilachchiya, Welioya, Kahatagasdigiliya, Madyama Nuwara gampalatha, Galnewa and Palagala.
  4. 4. Anuradapura Map
  5. 5. Child Issues • • • • • • Incest in families School dropouts Child Labour Sexual harassment Teenage pregnancies Attempted Suicide
  6. 6. Strategies identified by children to reduce their vulnerabilities • • • • Using street theatre Peer to Peer education Development of IEC materials Establishment of 54 children‟s clubs/child libraries
  7. 7. Libraries Managed by Children… Secure Place for Children to Bring Children together Discuss Issues Access Reliable Information which are important to them and identify ways to address these issues.
  8. 8. Helped to Reduce the Incidence of Alcoholism Through children developing and performing street dramas Equipping the children with skills to help reduce the alcohol Consumption of their fathers through for e.g. Talking about the issue with their fathers when they are sober
  9. 9. Open Access Library System • • • • • • • Free-standing Library Shelves Classification of books using DDC 21st edition. Shelf guides and Library Guide Book „Plan of Action‟ of the Library Organization of Non-book materials Organization of Library Extension activities „Community Information Cells‟
  10. 10. Lessons Learnt • Providing children with the information and skills to influence their lives is more sustainable than simply providing them with material support. • A Team approach is more effective and sustainable than working alone • The skills they inculcate through the programme help them to addressed issues. • „CFC Libraries‟ is a very good initiative for increasing child participation and decision-making • Reading not only is treated as a source of gathering knowledge but it should also be a form of hobby and entertainment.
  11. 11. Library Building Before Renovation
  12. 12. Library Building After Renovations
  13. 13. Children’s Club Library Members at the Mobile Service at Divisional Secretariat
  14. 14. Banner highlighting Migrant Mothers Issue Banner highlighting Migrant Mothers Issue
  15. 15. Banner highlighting the alcoholism issue
  16. 16. Child Librarian at the Communications Workshop
  17. 17. HIV/AIDS Workshop
  18. 18. Situation Analysis
  19. 19. Shramadana at Sri Maha Bodhi
  20. 20. Anti Drugs Street March
  21. 21. Shramadana at Wilachchiya
  22. 22. Child librarian issuing books
  23. 23. At the Bosevana Children’s Library
  24. 24. Serious Library Readers
  25. 25. What they brought to the fair
  26. 26. Children reading books
  27. 27. Eagerly waiting to Borrow books
  28. 28. Summer Hut Outside the Library
  29. 29. Prabath – Core Group Member/Child Librarian
  30. 30. Divisional Secretary Wilachchiya
  31. 31. Poster displayed in a library
  32. 32. Inauguration of the Basic Library Skills Workshop
  33. 33. Ven. Thanthirimale Chandraratne Thero
  34. 34. Non book materials in the Library
  35. 35. Non Book Materials in the library
  36. 36. Children’s Conference at Anuradhapura

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