Rotary Club brings books

2015-06-11 06:02
Anathi Mfeketho, Maryam Tawakali, Yamkela Skeyi, Zizo Gxowa, Tamara Zumazuma (teacher), Khanya Mndende, (in front), Johanne van Papendorp, of Pinelands Rotary Club, Busi Vimbi, Nobuhle Mbuseni and Maurita Weissenberg, founder and executive director f

Anathi Mfeketho, Maryam Tawakali, Yamkela Skeyi, Zizo Gxowa, Tamara Zumazuma (teacher), Khanya Mndende, (in front), Johanne van Papendorp, of Pinelands Rotary Club, Busi Vimbi, Nobuhle Mbuseni and Maurita Weissenberg, founder and executive director f

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It was a memorable moment when Zenzeleni Waldorf School opened its library, on Friday in Khayelitsha.

The library, full of books came as a result of an intervention by The Shine Centre, a book company, in partnership with the Pinelands Rotary Club.

The donation came after Maurita Weissenberg, founder and executive director for The Shine Centre, learnt about the need for the books at the school.

She then contacted the Rotary Club to partner her in collecting the books.

Zukisani Fostile, a teacher at the school, said the donation will go a long way in helping to make a difference in the lives of the learners.

“She (Weissenberg) was impressed about the method of teaching that we use here. She then noticed that we have few books and promised to intervene in that regard. They donated all kinds of books that you can think of such as history books, geography books, animal books, plants books, including novels,” Fostile said.

The private primary school of 290 learners was opened in 1998.

It is a government accredited school that focuses more on practical teaching methods as opposed to theory.

They also have, among other classes, drama, arts and musical instruction.

Weissenberg said they partnered with the Rotary Club to ensure that low levels of literacy among the learners is addressed.

“The school is doing incredibly well and this is a symbol of excellence.

It has been a wonderful experience partnering with Rotary. I am very happy that we came to support a project like this. It is going to help the learners,” she said.

Johanne van Papendorp, of Pinelands Rotary Club, said there is no doubt that the books will have a positive impact on the lives of the learners.

“They will have an opportunity to be exposed to reading. We came to the school with the confidence of making a difference,” Papendorp said.

Zizo Gxowa, a grade 7 learner, thanked The Shine Centre and Pinelands Rotary Club.

“You came here to help the community of Khayelitsha to have access to information,” Gxowa said

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