Primary school receives massive book donation

2015-11-19 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with Epworth Preparatory School and SA Airlink, donated 1 000 books to the Izwilesizwe Primary School library. Back from Left is Ntokozo Ngidi (Teacher), Thembi Luthuli (School Pr

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with Epworth Preparatory School and SA Airlink, donated 1 000 books to the Izwilesizwe Primary School library. Back from Left is Ntokozo Ngidi (Teacher), Thembi Luthuli (School Pr

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CHRISTMAS came early for pupils at Izwilesizwe Primary in Imbali Unit BB after the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with Epworth Preparatory School and South Africa Airlink, donated a box of books last Friday.

The donation forms part of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Library Project whereby containers were put at selected schools and book stores with the aim of collecting more than 6 000 books for public schools.

Manager of Mandela Day and outreach programmes at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Yase Godlo, said as one of the best performing public schools in the Umgungundlovu district, the school will also be involved in their Spelling Bee competition from next year.

Michelle Thompson Green from Airlink said they were working in partnership with the foundation and had approached Epworth as a school to donate to, and were referred to the school because of its outstanding performance.

Addressing pupils and teachers, Godlo said: “It’s not every day that people appreciate what happens in our schools. We want to promote a reading nation.

“We have given pupils a foundation and the challenge is now upon them.”

Principal Thembi Luthuli said they applaud the initiative, as this will promote a love for reading among pupils.

“A child who doesn’t read, also cannot count. These books will change children’s lives for the better as some parents cannot afford to send them to the library in town. It’s not only about the books, its about establishing relationships with these three stakeholders, which we hope will be an everlasting relationship,” said Luthuli.

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