Since August 2017, SDI Barai has caught the attention of Rainbow Reading Garden’s team as in less than five years, many positive changes have come to reality, including the establishment of library building at the school with the help from the village government.
After a series of child-friendly library set up process, the library is finally ready to launch on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
The inauguration ceremony of the library at SDI Barai 1 is to be an extraordinary moment for everyone at the school and the community as the event is attended by the Regent of Ende Regency.
On the morning of the D-day, February 8, 2018, we heard the news that the Regent would not be attending the event because a member of the family passed away. However, the Vice Regent was present to inaugurate the Rainbow Reading Gardens library at SDI Barai 1.
The Vice Regent of Ende was accompanied by the Assistant I of Regency Secretary, Head of Library Office at Ende and the representatives of the Police and Army Forces at the regency level. They were all greeted by a dance performed by the students of SDI Barai 1.
In his speech, the Vice Regent mentioned the importance of books as well as parents’ participation in education. He specifically mentioned that parents should give special attention to their kids’ education, for instance, by asking the kids everyday about the book they read on that day.
The representative of Rainbow Reading Gardens also expressed her gratitude for the positive collaboration among Rainbow Reading Gardens, school, community, as well as the government who have been very supportive to Rainbow Reading Gardens team in establishing child-friendly libraries at Ende Regency, especially at SDI Barai 1.
In addition to adults, children also took part in the celebration. The students of SDI Barai 1 were given chances to show off some skills: dancing and even reading aloud in front of the guests and parents.
This inauguration marks the first Rainbow Reading Gardens library at the land of Ende, or enna Ende as the locals say.
During the event, Rainbow Reading Gardens “entrusted” the library, which is the result of a positive collaboration among the stakeholders, to the school and encourage the local community to keep the library alive as long as possible for the sake of the development of the habit of reading for the young generation of Ende Regency.