Call for Participation!

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In 8 African countries!

#libraryselfie2021 – a project organized by Library Aid Africa in partnership with the Goethe-Institut – will kick start in June.

#libraryselfie an online initiative started in 2018, which uses social media to create awareness about the importance of libraries as spaces for reading and learning. #libraryselfie2019 & #libraryselfie2020 in partnership with Goethe-Institut saw the project extended to 8 African countries, leveraging digital technology & driving community-led awareness about the importance of libraries as spaces for reading and learning.
#libraryselfie2021 will have the same concept of the previous edition, with some more competitiveness. How do we plan to do this? Prizes will be based on position, and position will be determined by the number of likes. There will still only be 3 winners; 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. With this approach, participants will drive organic publicity by themselves in order to get more likes, thereby promoting the project and increasing visibility.
#libraryselfie2021 will focus on three major thematic areas:

  • using social media to create awareness about the importance of libraries as spaces for reading and learning,
  • driving citizen-led initiatives through mini-library/literary project,
  • communicating project impact
Who can participate:
  • Participation in #libraryselfie2021 is exclusive to library users only.
  • Librarians are not eligible to participate in #libraryselfie2021.
  • Librarians are to guide library users on how to participate in #libraryselfie2021.
  • Past winners of the #libraryselfie series are not eligible to participate.

How to participate:
  1. Take a selfie while reading with your family or in your home library.
  2. Upload it on your Instagram or Facebook account with the hashtag #libraryselfie2021.
  3. Mention/ tag Library Aid Africa and your location (city & country) to facilitate tracking.

Please note: the Call for Entries is open from the 14 June- 17 July 2021.
Proposed Prizes for the #libraryselfie2021
The three participants with the highest likes in each country will be rewarded with reading tablets, books, goodie bags and access to the Goethe-Institut’s e-library. Additionally, the 1st Position gets a €200 grant to implement a mini-library project targeted at promoting reading culture, literary or arts in their country.
Expected Project Outcome: The project will lead to evolutionary social media awareness and sensitization about libraries and library usage. This is going to facilitate the recognition of libraries as an important institution that fosters a literate society and national development. It will also establish citizen-led library advocacy initiatives and developmental projects that will be geared towards improving reading culture.

Follow Library Aid Africa on soaicl media platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libraryaidafrica
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/libraryaidafrica

About Library Aid Africa:
Library Aid Africa: is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to revamp libraries in Africa to increase their societal impact. The organization focuses on access to information through pragmatic initiatives, which are designed to create awareness and resuscitate libraries in schools and communities. We operate from Nigeria, with partners and volunteer presence in 12 African countries: Ghana, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Togo, Republic of Benin, Mali, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Liberia.