The Academic Resource Centre promotes reading and lifelong learning in the Niger Delta region by providing students, teachers and researchers with a knowledge-hub; a hub that will give open access to academic information that will help local academics to redefine existing fundamental values and enables them to work towards concrete improvements of their lives and environment.
The De-ARC is a project undertaken in 2014 by the International College of Commerce (ICC) a private education institution based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. An integral part of ICC’s operation is the charitable trust, a trust that initiates, participates and supports life-changing projects in education in diverse parts of Africa.
“We, the International College of Commerce, believe, the role of education in poverty eradication in close co-operation with other social sectors is crucial to reducing poverty.”
By 2013, ICC sponsored an action research which studied various education activities in the Niger Delta region. The findings identified that the education infrastructures in the region are tangled with problems that includes poor funding and infrastructues: little or no academic readers and empty libraries, inadequate classrooms and teaching aids (projectors, computers, and laboratories), and rareness of quality teachers.
Though the issues are clearly defined and can be deducted from the findings; for ICC, a functional library serves as an organisation of knowledge for the efficient retrieval of relevant scholarly and historical information for scholars and practitioners. Furthermore, it is essential to create an independent knowledge place with systematic and structural support from the European education community. As a direct consequence the ‘ARC’ concept was conceived.
No doubt, the De-ARC is a sustainable and hard-wearing project in education. A project that has found support from well-meaning government universities and establishments in The Netherlands. It accommodates’ a major Academic Library which, promotes reading and lifelong learning, as well as a Heritage Centre for the collection and archiving of historical information.
The project is expected to enable the connection and expansion of our network of students, tutors, researchers and institutions through our international community programme, and in the final exploration supply the necessary support to the native youths that will help them make concrete changes to their lives and environments.
De-ARC services are available to students, tutors, researchers and visitors, but will give special support and scholarship opportunities to those who come from families that traditionally have not had the resources to pursue an advanced education.