Library launched for learners of Alpha Primary

2015-09-23 06:00
Smiles were the order of the day for the learners and educators of Alpha Primary School, at the opening of their new school library. The learners, seated in front, are from left, Beronique Barendse (9), Amizaan Davids (9), Chantay Mitchell (9) and Rh

Smiles were the order of the day for the learners and educators of Alpha Primary School, at the opening of their new school library. The learners, seated in front, are from left, Beronique Barendse (9), Amizaan Davids (9), Chantay Mitchell (9) and Rh

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AFTER years of standing vacant, the library at the Alpha Primary School, in Gelvandale, is finally functional and up and running.

The library may have started off as a converted girls’ toilet, but thanks to the assistance of many it is now a fully functional space for literature and learning.

Mrs Brussouw, an Australian educator, initially saw the need and decided to convert the space into a library. However, upon her return to her home country, the opening of the library stood still. The alumni of the school then decided to come together to beautify the library and stock it with books and furniture.

The most instrumental in ensuring the success of this project, were three sisters, Britni Jones, Delmé Jacobs and Narelle Jacobs, who attended the school. Together they started the non-profit organisation, Stay Seated for Education, which was started specially for the upliftment of the Gelvandale school.

“Alpha Primary has a special place in our hearts and we wanted to give back to the school. Our goal is to improve the level of education at the school, and a library is the perfect start to do that, because reading is the cornerstone of education,” said Jones, a doctor at the Livingstone Hospital.

The project which started as a family affair then expanded and even went all the way to Tanzania with two other alumni members, Cindy-Lee Matthys and Janine Christian. As a means of fund raising, Matthys and Christian climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year.

“It was important for us to give back to the school, especially as it enriches education,” said Matthys.

The efforts of these young women and many other sponsors have made it possible for the school, which is situated in an area known for its gang violence, to provide its learners with a positive break away, through literature.

The library, which officially opened on Monday, 14th September, does not only boast newly bound English and Afrikaans literature, but also has stools and tables situated around the room for children to do their homework in a quiet, yet colourful environment.

“We wanted the children to look forward to going to the library and reading and that is why we revamped the ‘book room’ to a beautiful library,” added Jones.

Jones and her sisters, who have committed themselves to improving Alpha Primary, are currently working on constructing a school hall, improving the sports field and providing the learners with stationery.

Any one who wants to assist the sisters in their course, can contact Narelle Jacobs at narellej1981@gmail.com

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