The Mama Ida library website was launched today. The Dr. Ida Odinga Library, Research, Innovation, and Resource Center will be a regional hub for performing arts, Sinema Mashinani, and creativity.
The library is a partnership between the Kenya Film Corporation Board (KFCB) and Mama Ida. This shall see the youth in Homa Bay County equipped with skills in film-related activities.
The Centre is located at Ogande Girls’ and is a project driven by Dr. Ida Odinga as her legacy project for youth empowerment and will be a center of excellence in identifying and nurturing talents from across Kenya.
The Director of KFCB said, “KFCB is proud to be part of this project to honor Mama Ida’s legacy in empowering the youth and nurturing their talent”.
The concept of the proposed Dr. Ida Odinga Library, Research, Innovation, and Resource Centre at Ogande Girls High School in Homa Bay County is to have a project that will embrace education and also incorporate Creative Arts and ICT initiatives. Creative Arts is the next frontier for economic growth and job creation.
Dr. Ezekiel Mutua added, “The establishment of Mama Ida Odinga Library, Research, Innovation and Resource Centre at Ogande Girls High School in Homa Bay County will be an exemplification and memorial of Mama Ida Odinga ‘s outstanding contribution to the country.
Among the dignitaries present at Ole Sereni for the web launch were, KBC Director Charles Mulila and the Education Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Abdi.
Kenya Film corporation Board and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation have partnered to support the project under the Sinema Mashinani and Studio Mashinani programs respectively.
In her speech, Ida said, “Schools should provide students with skills in addition to academic studies to prepare them for the challenges of today’s evolving world. I thank all those who are standing with us on the journey of setting up the Library and Resource Center at Ogande Girls.”
She added, “we need to initiate projects like this that will empower our youth with education to navigate the world”.
Amina Abdi who joined Ida at the launch said, “This project is in line with the government’s efforts to empower young people through education”
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