The National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the ROOTS Foundation TT to make a positive impact on young people in underserved communities. The signing of the MOC signals the intent of both entities to create learning spaces that are both physical and virtual, where youth can experiment, practice, celebrate, learn, work, and play.
Mtima Solwazi, CEO of the ROOTS Foundation TT, has been contributing to social change for years through the art of spoken word. Chairman of NALIS, Neil Parsonlal, noted that “the persistence and vision of Mtima over the years has plowed the fields of Trinidad and Tobago nurturing the talent he has discovered along the way, providing the fertilize of Hope for hundreds of young people who search for their day in the sun was often stunted by Those whom they trusted.”
Through the MOC, the foundation intends to shift the paradigm from library outreach activities to civic community engagement, which aligns with NALIS’s goal to reach young people in underserved communities. Together, NALIS and the ROOTS Foundation TT will transform public libraries into learning commands.
Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy of the United States, Chante Moore, said spoken word poetry is an important facet of culture in the U.S, and Trinidad and Tobago has a rich oral tradition. He noted that this country has a lot more to offer when it comes to expression.
This partnership is a significant step towards empowering young people in underserved communities by providing them with a safe space to learn, create, and express themselves. It is an example of how organizations can collaborate to create positive change in society. We should support and encourage initiatives like this to ensure that youth in all communities have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive.