PE Airport gives township literacy a boost with mobile library

2018-01-10 06:00
From left are, Steven Maphalla (ACSA PE regional manager), Mirriam Mbekela (Masibambisane’s CEO), Stanley Timuri (mentor), Thandiwe Nkwandla (ACSA PE SED chairperson) and Keith Sorensen (New Africa Education Foundation project director).              Photo:SUPPLIED

From left are, Steven Maphalla (ACSA PE regional manager), Mirriam Mbekela (Masibambisane’s CEO), Stanley Timuri (mentor), Thandiwe Nkwandla (ACSA PE SED chairperson) and Keith Sorensen (New Africa Education Foundation project director). Photo:SUPPLIED

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PORT Elizabeth International Airport has sponsored the Masibambisane Home Base Care and Development Centre, a non-profit organisation operating in the Joe Slovo West township in Kwadwesi, with a mobile library.

This innovative mobile library is stocked with 200 books and caters for pupils from Grades 1 to 7.

The children at the centre come from a community which does not have access to a library.

Research has shown that access to libraries improves learner performance and increases their chances of success.

The airport’s socioeconomic development (SED) chairperson, Thandiwe Nkwandla, said it was envisaged that the library would provide a major boost to the children’s reading skills.

The airport was approached by the CEO of Masibambisane, Mirriam Mbekela, who made an impassioned plea for assistance.

Following consultation with the airport’s SED committee, it was agreed that a library would be sponsored.

Stanley Timuri, a mentor appointed by Masibambisane, said he was delighted that they now had the much-needed resources to boost their learners’ literacy skills.

“We will ensure that our children maximise these resources so that our learners excel in their reading and writing skills,” Timuri said.

Airport regional manager Steven Maphalla said he was proud of the SED committee in putting this project together.

“Today society takes so much for granted and very few people take the time to consider the plight of those who face difficulties, often not of their making.

“For children to have a chance at improving their literacy, furthering their education and essentially advancing their place in this world, access to books is paramount,” Maphalla said.

The project was coordinated by Keith Sorensen of New Africa Education Foundation, a non-profit organisation that has partnered with Port Elizabeth International Airport and the Department of Basic Education.

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