The Duchess of Cornwall meets readers

Duchess of Cornwall opens library filled with books you’ve helped to send!

2nd November 2018 | News

Yesterday, as part of the Royal visit to West Africa, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited St Therese’s Upper Basic School in The Gambia, where she opened the school’s new library.

Her Royal Highness’s visit to The Gambia with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales celebrates the country’s return to the Commonwealth earlier this year.

Gambia St Therese;s School The Duchess' visit
The Duchess of Cornwall takes a tour of the new library

The library at St Therese’s Upper Basic School is the very first library which we have supported in The Gambia through our partnership with the Gambia National Library Service Authority (GNLSA) – and is filled with 3,000 brand new books our supporters have helped to send! These books were chosen specifically to help the school’s pupils discover a love of reading and support their studies.

We also provided two book boxes filled with over 400 brand new books for younger readers which will be used in local primary schools.

Gambia St Therese's School busy library
The new library filled with new books and keen readers!

In addition to the 3,000 books for St Therese’s Upper Basic School’s new library, we have also provided GNLSA with 30,000 brand new books for readers across the Gambia to enjoy. This includes children’s books, novels and inspiring non-fiction for adults, medical texts, curriculum support books, higher education texts and a range of other books selected to support Gambians who wish to discover new ideas and expand their horizons.

Gambia St Therese's School new library plaque

Libraries full of beautiful, brand new books can support literacy and inspire talented young people to imagine new possibilities. We join GNLSA and the staff and pupils of the school in thanking Her Royal Highness for her visit to the first library we have supported, and we look forward to working with the GNLSA creating access to more books for thousands of Gambians from all walks of life.

You can watch a video of Her Royal Highness’ visit here:

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