Long walk to library now over

2015-09-02 06:00
AT the cutting of the ribbon during the official handing over of the container library at the Nthute Primary School are from the left Nokuthula Makhoba, Frik Rademan, group chief executive officer of the Avbob Mutual Assurance Society, Melitta Twala,

AT the cutting of the ribbon during the official handing over of the container library at the Nthute Primary School are from the left Nokuthula Makhoba, Frik Rademan, group chief executive officer of the Avbob Mutual Assurance Society, Melitta Twala,

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BOHLOKONG. – Walking about 6 km to and from the nearest library to do research and complete assignments is now a thing of the past for the learners of the Nthute Primary School.

Learners of this Bohlokong-based school were smiling from ear to ear on Tuesday, 25 August, when a new container library full of books was officially handed over to the school by Avbob.

The school had been chosen from among other schools for showing a lot of promise in producing top-quality learners and the belief was that all they needed was a benefactor in Avbob.

Moloi Mathapelo (11), a gr. 6 learner, said the library would help them save time whenever they had to do projects for school.

“We had to walk miles to get to a library and that was not good for us. At times we had to walk in the dark, since we did not have transport money,” Moloi said.

Melitta Twala, principal, said one of the challenges the school faced was to see learners walking about 6 km to the nearest library. “Most of our learners come from disadvantaged communities and cannot afford transport money. You would therefore find some walking on foot to the library,” Twala said.

She said she was happy that the learners would from now on be able to use a library in the school yard.

“I am sure that the quality and quantity of our results will improve, since we now have a library.”

“We are overwhelmed to have companies who support us in education. We should remember to join hands in nurturing the future leaders,” Busi Tshabalala, the Thabo Mofutsanyana Department of Education’s district direc­tor, said. “We need everyone to come on board and help with anything that will assist in education.”

Tshabalala said they would also give learners of neighbouring schools access to the library.

Frik Rademan, group chief executive officer of the Avbob Mutual Assurance Society, said he believed this project would provide an exceptional advantage to the literacy levels of the learners.

“There is no doubt in my mind that great leaders will be emerging from this school in future,” Rademan said.

He said vast resources were required when one had to develop such young talent and the library would be well utilised by the learners of the Nthute Primary School.

“It will inspire them to read and to apply their newly-acquired knowledge and skills.” The mobile library project was launched in January 2013. To date, 24 fully-equipped libraries have been donated to schools in disadvantaged communities. The Nthute Primary School is the 25th beneficiary to receive a library.

Avbob’s non-governmental organisation (NGO) partner in the project, Touch Africa, is responsible for selecting the specific school, as well as handling all logistic arrangements.

They follow a strict due-diligence procedure in the selection of the school based on the following criteria: a review of the history of the school, an evaluation of the school’s leadership team, establishing what sponsorships the school received previously and determining the school’s needs and how these will be assessed in the future.

Thus far the Avbob Foundation has donated container libraries to schools in all the provinces across the country

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