African Artists for Development and the Magic System foundation signed an exciting partnership aiming at building 5 « Magic Libraries » in Côte d’Ivoire.
In a friendly atmosphere, members of the music band « Magic System » – A’salfo, Manadja, Tino et Goudé – met Gervanne and Matthias Leridon (founders of AAD), Eric Volibi (from UNESCO) and Mandjalé Touré (representing the Côte d’Ivoire embassy) on November the 3rd, in order to formalize the partnership. This signature was set up last June, in front of Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director General.
The Magic System foundation – non profit organization created in 2014 – aims at working towards human and economic development in Côte d’Ivoire through charity and social activities. The projects are mainly developed towards children and education, including 10 schools planned to be built in Côte d’Ivoire.
With AAD support, within the next five years, five « Magic libraries » will be built, next to five schools constructed by the Magic Sytem foundation. The official opening for the 1st Magic library in Anoumabo area will take place during the « Francophone Games » in July 2017, in the presence of the Magic System band and International Organization of La Francophonie officials.
Learning to read is a basic right but 38 % of African adults can’t read or write. Those « Magic libraries » are representing a sustainable promise of self fulfilment for students. AAD and the foundation will work with the needs of teachers as well as the Ivoirian school program in order to assure the usefulness and the sustainability of the libraries. The books are going to be expanded by other tools: internet access, board games, overhead projector…
For more information regarding the foundation: https://www.facebook.com/FondationMagicSystem/