Shipment of books from the Coolie Verner Memorial Reading Room arrived in Ethiopia

donation-of-booksA shipment of 40 boxes with books on adult education that started its journey from the University of British Columbia to the DVV International East/Horn of Africa Regional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier this year have finally reached its destination, after administrative hurdles delayed its arrival. The books are from the Coolie Verner Memorial Reading Room (CVMRR, Coolie Verner was the first Professor in the Department of Adult Education at UBC), which was a specialized library, affiliated with the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. The collection held hundreds of books and academic journals published between the 1920s and up to the late 1990s in the areas of adult education, community development, research methodologies, critical theory and feminist studies. The CVMRR was closed due to the move of the Department of Educational Studies into the new Ponderosa Commons building.

During a workshop titled “The Role of Higher Learning Institutions in Integrated Functional Adult Education (IFAE) in Ethiopia”, held by the DVV International Regional Office in Addis Ababa in November 2016, the books were donated to 10 universities throughout Ethiopia, who have Adult Education and Community Development Departments, including the Addis Ababa University. Some of the books will be kept in the Resource Center of the DVV International East/Horn of Africa Regional Office.

The shipment was made possible through the cooperation of the Department of Educational Studies at UBC, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany, and the DVV International East/Horn of Africa Regional Office in Addis Ababa, in particular its regional Director Sonja Belete.