Library ‘is haven from drugs’

2015-11-10 06:00
Ward councillor Daniel Christians and subcouncil manager Alesia Bosman enjoy one of the reading spots in the main library. PHOTO: Samantha lee

Ward councillor Daniel Christians and subcouncil manager Alesia Bosman enjoy one of the reading spots in the main library. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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An educated community will be the way out of drugs and gangsterism.

This is the sentiment of ward councillor Daniel Christians, who has dedicated funding for several upgrades at the Rocklands Library.

Since the 2013/14 financial year, Christians has allocated R82 000 to the Library, with another R50 000 set to be allocated during the next financial year.

Christians says the children are his main focus.

“I am more focused on educating children. We have increased the media in the library because people in Mitchell’s Plain don’t have home libraries and so this is a good place to stock educational materials,” he says.

Enhanced education lends itself to the character of youth as they grow up and mature, he continues.

Alesia Bosman, subcouncil 12 manager, agrees.

“This is growing the community of tomorrow and instilling wealth of knowledge so that hopefully their matric results will mean something and they will get bursaries to study further,” she says.

“This is a haven away from drugs and other influences.

“Yes, ball games are important, but instead of getting shot or knocked down, there is a place for them. Also there is not always computers at home where children can log on for school projects.”

Providing a comprehensive service is a means of redress by the City of Cape Town, says Christians.

He says the library has used more since the upgrade.

The library has also partnered with Smart Cape, which enhances research and personal learning, says Bosman.

Christians agrees. He believes that through education, social ills in the community will be addressed.

“I always give direction from my office that education is important. Through this, we can move from the low-esteemed jobs into more highly qualified jobs which will strengthen the economy and help to stamp out social ills,” says Christians.

He believes that through education, mindsets will change and that the more educated youngsters there are, a shift in the community will follow as a result.

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