Give a book, give hope

2010-07-17 00:00

IF you are looking for something good to do with your 67 minutes that will help change the world around you, why not donate children’s books that you no longer use?

In celebration of Mandela Day, Equal Education, in partnership with The Mandela Foundation, has organised a national children’s book collection in line with one of Madiba’s greatest passions — education.

Throughout his life, Mandela has believed that education is the key to freedom, equality and human dignity (the pillars of the South African Constitution) for all people in South Africa.

He wrote in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom: “Education is a great engine for personal development.

“It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become a president.”

People are encouraged to donate their favourite children’s story books (that are in good condition) to various national drop-off points.

The Pietermaritzburg book collection is at the ELITS offices at 15 Scott Street (between Church and Langalibalele streets) near Unisa.

The Durban drop-off point is Dokkies ELITS Library at 78 Bartle Road, Glenwood.

“Education is an area that needs the attention of all our people, students, parents, teachers, workers and all other organised sectors of our community,” said Mandela after his release from prison.

For more information about the project, contact Nonhlanhla Mtshali in Pietermaritzburg at 033 341 6518 or Besta Brown in Durban at 031 205 0232.




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