New committee promotes a culture of reading

2016-11-30 06:01
PHOTO: ian carbutt At the inaugural meeting for the project are (from left) project fund-raiser Mirriam Mngwevu, project co-ordinator Deena Padayachee and Darryl David, who will be helping with co-ordinating the project.

PHOTO: ian carbutt At the inaugural meeting for the project are (from left) project fund-raiser Mirriam Mngwevu, project co-ordinator Deena Padayachee and Darryl David, who will be helping with co-ordinating the project.

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VARIOUS city role players have formed a committee with the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest to address the needs of children in terms of literacy.

The pilot project seeks to provide books to schools and children who do not have access to libraries with the fundamental aim of promoting a culture of reading and learning.

Spearheading the project is Deena Padayachee, who had got various stakeholders on board, including members from the Department of Education library services, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Sunshine Bakery, among others.

The project is still in its planning phase, but organisers said it will capture Pietermaritzburg’s imagination and broaden South Africa’s literacy statistics by creating a system in which people can donate their old books. The books will then be delivered to primary schools and possibly hospitals.

Those who wish to partner with the Community Chest on this project or donate books can call 033 394 1031 or email chestpmb@communitychest.org. za

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