Nazo Anna Library Activities Report
Introduction: Naz Anna Library was established in 2003 as a starting project of NECDO (Noor Educational & Capacity Development Organization) in Kabul as main branch and expanded its outreach branches in Jalalabad, Ghazni and Badakhshan and recently a branch in NIC (Noor Islamic Center) in Bothkhak of Kabul Province. This library is named after Nazo Anna who was a famous national hero in Afghan Women in the history of Afghanistan. This library started from small and basic stage, but today we have 7120 books in our main branch library. The system of the library is explained below:
Summary: Nazo Anna library has 7120 books and different manuals. These books are registered in a specific database and all the specification of a book are recorded there. Based on Catalogue system each book has a serial number, a section number, letters of the title, card, stamp of the organization as well as the stamp of the library. This number is increasing day by day as new books are purchased, donated or gifted to the library by members and friends.
Details: Nazo Anna library has now 7120 books, these books include the below sections:
- Islamic Literature Section
- Social Science Section
- Computer and IT Section
- General information Section
- Comic Books and Children Section
- Novels and Stories Section
- Health and Sport Section
- Manuals and Handouts on various topics related to capacity building and women rights issues, E.G Anti-sexual Harassment & elimination of violence against women
- Also had distributed different story books
Nazo Ana Library distributed 12,631 storybooks all over Kabul from among 17,436 storybooks. The books were distributed in preschools, schools, Madarasas and to Nazo Ana members, with the intention to increase the knowledge of the Afghan community; alongside to increase empathy, expand vocabulary usage, reduces stress, kids sleep, and alleviates depression of children, as well as to encourage children to study and read books.
This distribution was started from March to May 2021 in the tough situation of Afghanistan and had a very good impact on children’s behaviors and literacy improvement as well as reading abilities.
Strategy of Nazo Ana Library for Distribution of Books:
We wrote a plan addressing each school, preschool and Madarasas. Each week, we distributed 15,00 storybooks including the guidance books for their teachers. We had members from NECDO visiting these children in their schools, encouraging them, and asking them their problems.
Children were pleased to get free and fully functioning storybooks; they started reading these books with full interest, keen to get more books.
Picture of each distribution were taken for broadcasting in media. MOU assigned between distributors and targeted schools. They were very thankful for assessing their students and encouraged them for studying.
The Nazo Anna library is very well library and we were able to install the label, setting, and new cards in the library in addition to 800 journals to different topics
Mr. Budi Rehmat Suryasputra , advisor to the minister and responsible for the mission of the friendly country of Indonesia, visited the library in relation to the library’s activities.