Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, and French President François Hollande visit one of the Ideas Box in Bogota. Photo: Efraín Herrera – SIG
As part of Colombia’s historic reconciliation process, the Ministry of Culture, the National Library and the Public Libraries Network hope to expand library services to the areas most affected by the armed conflict as part of a broader effort to restore trust and promote reconciliation in post-conflict communities.
In the summer of 2016, Libraries Without Borders was contacted to provide twenty Ideas Box kits and to support their implementation. These twenty educational spaces will provide library services to remote, rural populations, giving community members a place to come together through culture. The mobile libraries are part of a broader effort to restore trust and promote reconciliation in post-conflict communities.
Through this French-Colombian collaboration, Libraries Without Borders aims to demonstrate that culture and libraries are essential tools for restoring peace, promoting community reconciliation and building the foundations for coexistence. “Culture is a powerful lever for promoting peace and reconciliation, which are foundations for society,” says Patrick Weil, President of Libraries Without Borders.