|With a generous contribution from the BBK- Bahrain’s pioneer in retail and commercial banking- the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture & Research has started finalizing plans for opening Iqra (2), a second branch of the library that the Center has established in Muharraq. Iqra (2) will be set up in the house that used to be occupied by Malkeya Village mayor and it is planned to open next March coinciding with the launch of the Spring of Culture 2011.
The significance of the project lies in providing educational material for the local area’s children and to preserve the typical Bahraini architecture of the house. The upper floor of the building will be maintained as part of the building’s heritage while the ground floor will be a library to serve children in the 6-12 years group.
This initiative is part of the steps taken by the Centre to forge partnerships between the non-profit making local organizations and the private sector backed by BBK which believes in its corporate responsibility towards the Bahraini community. For this purpose, the Centre’s Board of Trustees headed by HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa played welcomed Mr. Abdulkarim Bucheery, BBK Chief Executive who kindly presented the Bank’s contribution in the presence of Mr. Reyadh Sater, BBK General Manager- Shared Services Group, Mr. Abdul Hussain Bustani, Assistant General Manager- Human Resources and Administration Division and Ms. Abeer Swar, Corporate Communications Officer -BBK in addition to Mrs. Aesha Matar, Board Member at the Center, Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Mrs. Ezmeralda Qabani.
This new Iqra (2) Library project, which is the second branch of the Library in Malkeya, comes after the success of the Library in Muharraq, which has enhanced the participation of children and integrating them in the cultural field through the Library’s continuous activities.