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Being a potent promoter of school libraries, NASL directed its efforts towards understanding the drawbacks and challenges facing the country in promoting School Libraries. Among others, the lack of finances and trained manpower were identified as the major constraints in initiating the establishment of libraries in schools across the country.

NASL, therefore, proposed the establishment of model school libraries in a few schools of Kathmandu Valley. A proposal to this effect was developed and was submitted to ESAT/DANIDA, with the stated objective of setting up libraries in 12 selected government-run schools, and providing library science training to the teacher-librarians in the respective schools.

A discussion on the proposal was held among ESAT/DANIDA, NASL and Department of Education, Government of Nepal. Mrs. Marianne Berner, Education Adviser of ESAT/DANIDA found the proposal valuable and interesting, and proposed support to the proposal through DANIDA DIRECT FUNDING. On acceptance as a pilot project for a year starting 1st October 2002 to the end of September 2003, a consultancy contract was signed between Mrs. Sharada Siwakoti, Chairperson of NASL and Mr. Ivan Arnbjerg, the Acting Chief Adviser of ESAT/ DANIDA, in collaboration with Department of Education, Government of Nepal.

As the Pilot Project was mainly concentrated towards training and establishing libraries, NASL provided 35 days’ Library Administration and Management Training followed by 4 days’ Pedagogical Concept Training to NASL Executive Committee Members, NASL member schools and volunteers. After this, books and furniture were supplied to schools and feedback collected, along with repeated training.
The project was successful, and NASL also received a letter of appreciation from the Department of Education, Government of Nepal. To sustain the pilot project and help maintain the school libraries thus established, NASL has been continuously involved in various follow-up activities and programs. Moreover, plans and policies are also on cards to enlarge and widen the project.