Mobile school library project launched

2015-10-28 06:00
The Asifunde Mobile Library campaign was launched yesterday by public and private sector at the Tatham Art Gallery. At the launch Ahmed Motala (NAEF), Irshaad Amod (Nizamia), Naasir Hoosen (Supersave), Mayor Chris Ndlela, Muhammed Nazeem Essa (Hygien

The Asifunde Mobile Library campaign was launched yesterday by public and private sector at the Tatham Art Gallery. At the launch Ahmed Motala (NAEF), Irshaad Amod (Nizamia), Naasir Hoosen (Supersave), Mayor Chris Ndlela, Muhammed Nazeem Essa (Hygien

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“LITERACY is not a nice-to-have - it is needed for lifelong learning.”

This was the sentiment shared by Msunduzi Municipal Mayor Chris Ndlela at the recent launch of the Asifunde Mobile Library project where 10 primary schools will receive mobile libraries which can be wheeled from one classroom to another.

The project was made possible through a partnership with the Department of Education, New Africa Education Foundation, Hygienic Tissue Mills, Nizamia Islamic School, Supersave Supermarket and the Willowton Group. The total value of the sponsorship is R320 000.

Ndlela said the mobile library project will provide the support needed for underprivileged schools in Pietermaritzburg to gain access to books as well as sustain a culture of reading among the youth.

“Reading promotes a culture of creativity, is the foundation of education and serves as a personal fundamental tool in life.

“We are grateful to those who have facilitated the launch of this project and supporting education,” said Ndlela.

The project will be co-ordinated and managed by Ahmed Motala of New Africa Education Foundation who said that the unique collaboration of private and public businesses will ensure the success of the project.

“Each of us play a part in ensuring that children reach their full potential. This project is for communities who don’t have access to libraries and without resources there isn’t equality in education.

“We wanted to create a sustainable model that will ignite and spark a passion for reading,” said Motala.

“Nizamia Islamic School will also be a part of the project by training the teachers how to use the resources available to them in order to gain maximum benefits for the children.

“The school will also make available their facilities for underprivileged schools from time to time and some pupils from the school will ‘twin’ with the underprivileged schools,” said principal Irshaad Amod.

The 10 schools are Bruntville Primary – Mpofana, Cebolesizwe Primary – Umshwathi, Dlokwakhe Primary – Edendale, Eastwood Primary – Pietermaritzburg, Egalaji Primary - Mid-Illovu, Magoda Primary – Inhlazuka Malunga Primary – Impendle, Ondini Primary- Mid-Illovu, Peter Pan Primary – Pietermaritzburg, Emafakatini Primary – Impendle.

It is envisaged that phase two of the project will target a further 10 schools in the Pietermaritzburg area.

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