Partnership leads to R1m for library

2015-08-25 06:02

Levana, an impoverished primary school in Lavender Hill, has received R1m to build a library and school hall.

In a ceremony on the school playground, principal André Lamprecht was handed a cheque by the Albert Wessels Trust that will positively impact the community.

The library, which will be open to residents, will the first in Lavender Hill.

The library will also have a high speed 100MB internet connection thanks to the provincial government’s Fibre Optic Programme.

Wessels said, he is privileged to represent his grandfather’s Trust which puts education at the forefront of our minds”.

“It doesn’t stop with a bit of money and some bricks. At the end of the day it will be up to the children to ensure their dream gets realised. Nelson Mandela always preached that education is the most important thing, and it will be up to you to study hard and benefit from these things,” said Wessels.

The initiative had been driven by Peter Venn, managing director of Windlab Developments, after he became involved with the school in the Partners for Possibility mentoring programme, which led to him mentoring the principal André Lamprecht and assisting to improve the school.

Venn said a year ago they set two top level goals - to build a hall and library precinct – and also to introduce sport at the school.

“We’ve achieved the first real step towards one of those goals. What’s exciting is that the Dept of Culture, Art and Sport (DCAS) has also pledged half a million rand for the interior of the hall. We thank them for that,” he said.

Melinda Abrahams of Partners for Possibility said Peter and Andre were introduced to each other a year ago and have worked on a number of modules with the programme. “With Peter’s help they were able to submit a request to Albert Wessels and this is the outcome today – a R1m cheque to Levana Primary. Quite amazing work in one year,” said Abrahams.

Abrahams says this is a great example of business and school leaders working together. “So business learns from education and education learns from business - there’s cross-pollination,” she said

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