The United Nations System in Cameroon in partnership with the Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists of Cameroon (ABADCAM) organized a UN Press Club “rencontre” on the theme: “Libraries and access to Information for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, highlighting SDG No. 5: Quality Education, on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at the UNIC Yaounde Conference Room.
This rencontre was chaired by Mr. Alim Garga, President of ABADCAM in the presence of Dr. Ngwang Michael (Director of National Archives) who represented the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Mathias Tientcheu (US Embassy), Mr. Uwe Jung (Goethe Institute).
UNIC’s KMA, Jean Njita opened the talks on SDG No. 4: Quality Education to contextualize the raison d’etre of the rencontre. Mr Alim Garga gave a synopsis of efforts carried out by ABADCAM to situate the role of librarians and vulgarize access to information for an informed decision-making.
Three panelists, who are members of ABADCAM from the Central Library of the University of Yaounde I, presented on contribution of libraries and access to information for academic excellence. Their presentations comprised; an overview of libraries and their role in promoting access to information; concrete activities that could be carried out by libraries and librarians in encouraging access to information and its impact on the SDGs and some recommendations on what libraries and Information professionals should do to ascertain their involvement in promoting their work to support the implementation of Quality Education through access to information.
Panelists and participants agreed that ensuring an inclusive and quality education for all and promoting life-long learning were indispensable factors towards promoting healthy lives and the welfare of all at all ages