Library corner helps kids imagine

2019-05-14 06:01
The library corner at Lotus River Primary School

The library corner at Lotus River Primary School

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Rotary Club of Wynberg opened yet another library at Lotus River Primary School.

Through the Library Corner that was established by Justin Schonegevel in 2014, a total of 54 small libraries have been added to classrooms at various schools to help learners with their literacy and to grow their love for reading.

Since the beginning of this year, they began providing library shelves to Grades 4 to 7 classes to ensure all learners of these schools have access to books. Over the years they have been doing library corners for Grades R to 3.

Each class receives a closable (lockable) bookcase on wheels for easy moving and storage, a comfortable carpet for learners to sit and play on and a collection of books.

Schonegevel says they had to meet with various role players, a non-profit organisation called Wordworks to find a way to make a difference.

“The aim was to improve literacy in the Cape Flats. We have done several projects over the years including teacher training which helped,” he says.

However, with them only focusing on the foundation phase they realised that there was also a huge need for the higher grades.

“The higher grades were also not up to scratch, hence, we decided on doing these grades as well in order to help them. There were many contributing factors that made the learners not excel so we had to help them as well,” he says.

Schonegevel adds they are happy with the feedback that they are getting from the teachers. “We are told the learners are using the books and they are also allowed to even take them home as they would do at a library. The learners have also shown confidence and the books have helped improve their imagination and they can now engage better – which shows that they really make use of the books,” he says

Apart from the age-appropriate books, the library corner learners are also able to do research as the library corners have been stocked with research books, information on robotics among other things.

“This will go a long way for learners. Some schools don’t have internet and now they will be able to do their research without even leaving the classrooms,” he says.

They will also be adding the library corner in Stephen Road Primary School and Southfield Primary School.V For more information contact the Rotary Club via email: admin@wynbergrotary.org.za.

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