Library to empower kids

2019-04-30 06:01
Leanne Reid from Learning in Reach, Prince George Primary School principal Lameez Rabbaney, councillor Shannen Roussow, Marion Wagner of Breadline Africa, Gaynor Cozens from Wordworks and Carrie Nixon from Novus Holdings. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Leanne Reid from Learning in Reach, Prince George Primary School principal Lameez Rabbaney, councillor Shannen Roussow, Marion Wagner of Breadline Africa, Gaynor Cozens from Wordworks and Carrie Nixon from Novus Holdings. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Learners at Prince George Primary School were given the gift of a brand new library on World Book Day, Tuesday 23 April.

Teachers and learners at the school, situated in Lavender Hill, celebrated a generous donation from Novus Holdings and Breadline Africa, which will encourage reading and education in an area that is rife with gangsterism.

Lameez Rabbaney, principal at the school, addressed the learners and parents at the opening ceremony. “I don’t think we realised how quickly this blessing came to us. (Today) we have moved from a small little room to a beautiful library, where a full class of 40 will be able to go, sit down and read a book,” she said.

The school had a library previously, but due to the enrolment of many new children, they were forced to make use of this space as a classroom to teach learners. Before the donation, the school fashioned a small room into a library of sorts, where teachers would sometimes take out books on behalf of the children, as the space would not allow for an entire class to fit.

Carrie Nixon, marketing manager at Novus Holdings said the donation of the library was an important part of bettering communities and that it would empower the youth to not be limited by the social ills of the area or fall victim to circumstance.

Also speaking about the idea of improving communities, Marion Wagner, director at Breadline Africa, said: “In South Africa, 80% of schools do not have a library, so we want to change that.”

The donation was facilitated by Breadline Africa, an organisation that creates safe learning spaces for children – which is something that Lavender Hill needs, according to Rabbaney.

She said that crime in the area is perceived as the best way to achieve success. Through the launch of this space, she hopes that learners will be inspired to be positive contributors to society, rather than turn to crime.

Gaynor Cozens represented Wordworks on the day and explained the importance of reading.

“Reading develops your mind, it develops your thinking – it develops everything about you as a person,” she said.

Leanne Reid from Learning in Reach added: “You can be anything you want in this life, but you need the inspiration, you need the education and you need the determination – and two of these three things you can find in your library. The rest is up to you.”

Children chattered excitedly as the ceremonial ribbon was cut to open the doors of the new facility.

Learner Thyler Jacobs said she is excited about the new library because she doesn’t have to use the small space anymore.

Another learner, Edwin Pockpas said: “I feel great because it’s an opportunity for us and all the children.”

Rabbaney encourages all visitors to also make a donation. “When you do come, you need to bring a book along,” she concluded.

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