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Title:Gateway to the world
Editor:Lipponen, Tuomas
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:public libraries
information science education
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
External link:http://www.kirjastokaista.fi/en/gateway-to-the-world-english-subtitles/
Abstract:This documentary film takes place in Namibia's capital city Windhoek, Katutura suburban area. In the film, two young library users are followed around the poor Greenwell Matongo area, where the local library functions as the people's gateway to better life. Trevelin, 20 years, did not pass the 10th grade of schooling and ended up as one of the many out-of school youths in the area. Persuaded by a friend, he found his way to the nearby library, got interested in studying computers and is nowadays giving basic computer classes as a volunteer teacher in the library. Anna, 13 years, is a schoolgirl at the Olof Palme primary school. Every day after school she heads her way up to the Greenwell library. Anna is one of the library prefects: she helps other schoolkids with their homework and library customers in computer usage; and plays with children, for whom the library is one of the few safe havens around. All the hours spent at the library have also reflected positively to Anna's school results, and in the future she intends to continue studying to become an engineer. The Greenwell Matongo library was founded in 2005, in cooperation between the cities of Windhoek and Vantaa (Finland). The target was to bring the library services down to the grassroots level. Today, the public has embraced the library and users are so many that there is hardly enough room to accommodate everyone. [Abstract from website]