Reading, learning culture revived

2016-06-02 06:00
 Sophumelela High School can now make full use of their library.

Sophumelela High School can now make full use of their library.

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A new pilot project endorsed by the Wesetrn Cape Education Department and aimed at uplifting morale in schools is slowly gaining momentum.

Dubbed Care and Support Assistance (CSA), the project is a peer education programme which was flighted on April 1.

At Sophumelela High School in Samora, the programme is hosted by motivational speaker Kwesy Takwesta Moleshe, and the principal is over the moon with the enthusiasm shown by his learners.

Moleshe’s task is to offer counselling and lifeskills to the learners and also assists in other projects.

“Although this still a test project, it has more potential than previously anticipated,” he said.

This was proved recently when Moleshe, with a group of keen learners, revived the school’s defunct library.

The space has been opened to learners to engage in book reviews and motivating the culture of learning. The library initiative was monitored by a youth project called Township Youth Movement, which is on a mission to build libraries in metro schools and enhance education. They are guiding Sophumelela, and connecting them to organisations like the Bookery for book sponsorships.

The library still needs to be furnished though, and is open for accepting any assistance.

‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is the motto.

“It was a library without books and we sat down and planned its revival. We got help from the teachers and the deparment,” Moleshe said.

Moleshe said teachers viewed him with scepticism at first, but that has since changed after “lines of communication between teachers and him were opened.

“Teachers must not feel intimidated by CSA’s in their schools, because we are not here to spy on them, but serve as an extra tool.

School principal Mzimasi Hoho hailed Moleshe’s impact on the learners.

“In a space of two months, Moleshe has transformed the learner’ way of thinking and doing things,” said Hoho.

Hoho heaped praised on Moleshe for turning a totally dysfunctional library into a hive of activity.”

“Learners simply love the place and they are making good use of it,” he said.

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