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22 Tindigani, Kijenge Kaskazini, Kimandolu
PO Box 837, Arusha, Tanzania
About Elimu Yetu
Elimu Yetu Development Organization is a coalition of families who value self-education. We teach one another through talents, understanding and a positive attitude to reach learners wherever they are. In addition to our library, we offer free programs for children, youth and adults at our center in Kijenge, Arusha, Tanzania.
Why read?
“Books are a treasure trove of intelligence and education. A treasure trove of silver, gold, or jewels is unlocked with a key. The key to opening the treasure of books is to read. Anyone who can read can enter into this treasury and take as much intelligence and education as he can see.”
- Shaaban Robert, translated from "Vitabu" Insha na Mashairi (1967)
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
- James Baldwin, "The Doom and Glory of Knowing Who You Are" Life Magazine (1963)
"Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider."
- Francis Bacon, "Essays" (1597)
"Books can teach us, can inspire us, or can refresh our minds with the pleasure of a good story well told. Books can break down the isolation of our lives and provide us with a friend wherever we may be."
- Julius K. Nyerere
"The Importance and Pleasure of Reading"
On the opening of Printing Works and Books Warehouse in Arusha (1965)