From our work in Kosovo, we have learned that one important
deficiency of the Kosovo education system, despite many reforms
currently underway, remains the lack of modern literature,
especially of that in social sciences and humanities. For any
student and aspiring scholar, having access to the necessary
literature is of fundamental importance for quality education.
Given the weak socio-economic conditions of Kosovo and the high
rate of poverty, it is impossible for the majority of Kosovo
students to be able to afford buying modern literature - books,
journals, etc. They mostly rely on libraries - namely the Kosovo
National and University Library as well as smaller libraries of
the many private universities - for access to literature for
studies and research. But, the Kosovo National and University
Library as well as other libraries throughout Kosovo have been
heavily damaged during the Kosovo War of 1998-99 and to date
have not been able to offer the necessary literature to Kosovo
students due to lack of funds for acquiring new titles.
The purpose of this project is to collect used literature
(mainly books) that university libraries can donate or have to
discard (older editions of the books when new ones come in).
We are especially looking to collect books in the field of economics,
international development, political science,
business/management, and current affairs (including
Canadian studies, modern history, human rights, etc.).
NOVA SCOTIA - THE UNIVERSITY CAPITAL OF
Nova Scotia has the highest number of universities on a per
capita basis in Canada. There are a total of eleven institutions
of higher learning in Nova Scotia. So, we are starting this
project here for two reasons: it is easier to collect books from
so many institutions in a driving range from Halifax, where the
founder and president of the Foundation currently resides (being
a PhD student at Dalhousie), and the spirit of giving and
enhancing the quality of education, and with that the quality of
life, for those in need has never lacked among Nova Scotians.
Because we hope to primarily collect books from university
libraries in Nova Scotia, we have named the project the Atlantic
International Library of Kosovo (AILK).
Therefore, we are kindly requesting Nova Scotia university
libraries to donate books in the field of economics, political
science, international development, business/management and
current affairs to the AILK project. Each library as well as any other
contributor will, of course, be credited for the donation and
its name will be inscribed on the commemorative plaque of AILK
at the Kosovo National and University Library in Prishtina,
Kosovo. We will also properly and adequately acknowledge
contribution on all materials, press releases, and other media
and PR events and opportunities related to the AILK project.
WHO CAN HELP?
- University libraries
- University departments, centres, institutes
- Individual professors and students
- Ordinary individuals wanting to donate their books
THE AILK IN
The AILK will be housed within the premises of the Kosovo
National and University Library and other university libraries
across Kosovo so as to make this literature available to as many
Kosovar students as possible.
and University Library of Kosovo
We plan to
complete our book collection drive by the end of February. With
the support of the Albanian Canadian Community Association of
Halifax, we will be renting a climate-controlled storage unit
where we will store all the books until proper shipping
arrangements are made. We hope to have the books shipped to
Prishtina by May 2011 and inaugurate the Atlantic International
Library of Kosovo by mid- to late-May 2011.
YOU CAN HELP!
If you are
interested in helping us with this project, please contact us.
Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or
comments in regards to this project. The AILK will certainly
help tens of thousands of Kosovo students in their pursuit of
quality education, without which they cannot be adequately
prepared for the globalised economy and job market of the
twenty-first century. Your contribution to this project is
therefore very much appreciated and represents a direct way of
helping the young generation of a post-war country become well
educated and better prepared for the future.
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