Premier Greg Selinger attended the Mata Gujri Memorial Library and Learning Centre in Bhanohar village this week where he provided a selection of books about Manitoba and Canada.
This contribution to the library, on behalf of the province, kick starts the latest phase of a partnership between the University of Winnipeg, World Literacy Canada, Ventura Custom Homes and the village to support children's literacy and young women's education in India. The new facility will be open to individuals of all economic strata, particularly young women, who are attending schools in the immediate Bhanohar area of the Punjab region.
"This library establishes a vital educational resource for young women and girls in the Punjab, and promises to be a touchstone for ongoing initiatives that are bringing our communities closer together," said Selinger. "This partnership will strengthen our connections with India as more young women look to Manitoba as a great place to continue their education."The creation of the Mata Gujri Memorial Library and Learning Centrewas initially made possible by a donation of $70,000 in 2010 by Cliff Penner, president and owner of Ventura Custom Homes to the University of Winnipeg and symbolizes the university's desire to strengthen ties with India
There are currently eight young women from Bhanohar studying at UWinnipeg, a trend the University aims to further strengthen through the centre. In addition to supporting literacy and education of village youth, the university anticipates the centre will serve as a field site for the UWinnipeg faculty of education, masters in development practice program, and Global College students, as well as for students enrolled in International Development Studies (via Menno Simons College).