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Libraries transforming Africa’s next generation

Lubuto Library Partners is an innovative development organization that builds the capacity of public libraries to create opportunities for equitable education and poverty reduction. Its mission is to enlighten and enrich the lives of children and youth in sub-Saharan Africa, especially those not in school and highly vulnerable.

The Problem: The HIV/AIDS pandemic, conflict, systemic breakdown and poverty have left millions of African youth isolated from their communities and cast off. Looking forward, exponential population growth threatens to overwhelm the capacity to support the exploding numbers of children, including those with disabilities.

Lubuto, teaming up with community-based programs, has pioneered a model for addressing the problems of specific communities and countries.

Our approach

Lubuto constructs enduring open-access libraries whose design is inspired by traditional and contemporary social, economic and cultural patterns and which freely offer comprehensive collections of well-chosen books and technology resources. These libraries serve as safe havens and are the center for dynamic library programming offering education, psychosocial support and self-expression through reading, music, art, drama, computers, mentoring and other activities.

Lubuto maintains a continuous monitoring and evaluation learning relationship for children and youth library services. Through both their advocacy and their direct work with young people, Lubuto has successfully pioneered the use of public libraries as a platform for cross-sectoral impact and challenged narrow perceptions about what a library can be and do. Their goal is to lead the way to African libraries connecting all children and youth with resources, services, and programs that empower them to realize their rights and transform their societies for the better.