New library changes lives

2017-05-03 06:00
At the handover of the container library by the Avbob Foundation are from the left Frik Rademan (chief executive officer of Avbob), Masego Itumeleng and Bokgoni Letebele (both Gr. 6 learners) and Moathodiemang Mogolegeng (school principal). Photos: Supplied

At the handover of the container library by the Avbob Foundation are from the left Frik Rademan (chief executive officer of Avbob), Masego Itumeleng and Bokgoni Letebele (both Gr. 6 learners) and Moathodiemang Mogolegeng (school principal). Photos: Supplied

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Travelling long distances to access a library in the nearby village of Batlharos is now a thing of the past for the learners of the Kuruman based Seupe Primary School.

This was the comment of the school principal, Moathodiemang Mogolegeng, when the school received a fully equipped container library from the Abvob Foundation on Tuesday, 25 April.

The handover was witnessed by members of the community and the learners.

Their prayers were answered.

According to a Gr. 6 learner, Lethabo Thipe, who thanked Avbob from the bottom of his heart, they had had to walk a distance of approximately 5 km to access a library.

The learner applauded the foundation for their efforts in prioritising education in the country.

The library was delivered to the Seupe Primary School and is one of 40 container libraries worth approximately R5 million.

According to the Avbob Foundation, these libraries are fully stocked with more than 2 500 books.

It is also fitted with solar PV systems, which give the libraries the capability to power up LED lights, any computer or projector being used in the libraries or to even recharge cell phones or laptop batteries.

Launched in 2013 as a flagship project, it is part of Avbob’s commitment to developing literacy and ­numeracy skills in schools in disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa.

Bloemfontein Industries was tasked with the project of refurbishing the containers and fitting them with wooden laminated floors, shelving, a chalkboard, tables and chairs.

On the day of the official handover, the learners were supported by members of the community who came to witness the joy that Avbob was instilling on them.

On behalf of the school, Mogolegeng gave assurance to Avbob that they will use this library to the fullest, as it will benefit them to build future leaders of the community.

He said the school currently has 703 learners from Gr. R to Gr. 6.

These learners can only rely on the books supplied to them by the Department of Education.

“That is why we have the challenge of using interve-ning measures to promote the culture of reading.

“Our community is still very much disadvantaged in terms of resources.

“It is a vast village with five schools – three primary, one junior secondary and one high school,” the principal said.

“We had nothing.

“We had no library, not even a science lab, to assist the learners.”

According to him, the school and the community will cherish their new library through the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Agang ka Ditlhaka, which volunteered their services to the school to help with literacy classes.

“The parents have been assisting this NGO by committing to pay a small fee towards its running.

“The existence of this library is the only thing that will show the world the type of interest that the children have in education.”

The chief executive officer of Avbob, Frik Rademan, said the container library is a fitting donation to the school and community.

It will assist in breeding a deep and continued reading culture within the learners and the community as a whole.

“The improvement of learner performance in literacy and numeracy is one of the biggest and most important challenges our government faces.

“As Avbob, we are trying to alleviate the issue one school at a time,” he said.

As a special message to the learners, he added: “If you believe in yourself, take opportunities offered to you and work hard, you can achieve great things.”

According to Rademan, the launch of container libraries has become an important milestone for Avbob and will remain so for years to come.

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