“Imagine: ..you are a university student living in a region with broken educational infrastructures and empty libraries. More so, campuses are infested with oil-drilling & gas-flaring activities, but you are still eager to improve your life chances and your community well-being. Unfortunately, there are no academic readers.“
This is a reality in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Over six decades of oil and gas exploitation has completely destroyed the land and waterways in the region. As such the International College of Commerce, with the support of the libraries of Maastricht University, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam and Wageningen University & Research, has initiated the Niger Delta Knowledge Centre.
With help.. from our supporters we have collected 110,000 academic, reference and vocational books, journals and encyclopaedias and bookshelves.
The NDKC-project promotes reading and lifelong learning in the Niger Delta region by providing students, teachers and researchers with a knowledge-hub; a hub that will give open access to academic information that will help local academics to redefine existing fundamental values and enables them to work towards concrete improvements in their lives and environment.
The proposed Niger Delta Knowledge Centre will be home to:
- an independent academic library; a hub for higher education study materials.
- a heritage place; for the collection and archiving of the regions’ historical information.
- a conference center; for socio-economic symposia and other informative activities.
Since our academic library is relatively new, we are constantly asking for fresh contributions towards achieving a much more professional knowledge place.
Please help us, make this project a REALITY !