Learners at Samora Machel Primary School will now have a “great” and a better space to study after the school library received a makeover and much-needed books.On Friday 24 January, employees from one of the country’s leading banks rolled their collective sleeves to spruce up the library in a quest to promote literacy at primary schools. The school is one of four primary schools that have been renovated by the bank since last year as part of their initiative to promote literacy at schools. Some of the schools are Spurwing Primary School in Blue Downs, Marconi Beam Primary School in Phoenix, and Muhammadeyah Primary School in Wynberg. School deputy principal Lumka Olai described the initiative as helpful. She said it also encouraged learners to read. Olai said the initiative came as a surprise to the school. “We didn’t know about it. They came at the right time because we didn’t have enough books and the paint on our walls looked dull,” she said. Olai said the learners will now have a great space to study. “We appreciate the effort that the bank employees took to renovate our library. We believe that all renovation will excite and boost the self-esteem of learners,” she said. In a statement, the bank said the objective of the programme is to cultivate a love for reading among the learners in the foundation phase. “The selected schools identify an available classroom or other space that will be suitable for a library. Alternatively, the school will identify three classrooms in which library corners are established,” read the statement. According to the bank employees volunteered to complete the project by providing final touches to the library or reading corners. The volunteers also made reading corners cushions, ottomans and tyre chairs for the children to sit on, paint the unique tetras shelving, paint on the pre-dawn wall murals and sort the new and exciting consignment of books and put them on to shelves.