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South Africa: AVBOB Foundation Launches Nationwide Library Project
Source: SA - the Good News
Source Date: Friday, January 25, 2013
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 25, 2013

A partnership was formed between AVBOB, non-profit organisation Touch Africa and the Brightkids Foundation in order to roll out this project. Each school will be supplied with a refurbished shipping container, which will house a minimum of 2000 books to begin with, for Primary Schools from Grade R through Grade 7.
Each school will have a "library committee" which will consist of teachers, parents and community volunteers, who will run the library on a daily basis. The school timetable will accommodate library periods each day in order to encourage children to utilise the library for both pleasure and reference reading. Touch Africa will carry out the training of the committee to ensure there is an element of skills transfer.
Private School, Charterhouse Preparatory, based in Honeydew, Johannesburg, kindly allowed their librarian, Mrs Debra Briers, to become involved in this project. She has provided training for the first school to receive their library (Shukumani Primary School) based in Thembisa.
Touch Africa will monitor the progress of the children at each school from baseline research in order to provide reports on how the access to information has improved their classroom results.
The official handover of the first project took place on the 18th January at the Shukumani Primary School..
Mr Frik Rademan, Group CEO of AVBOB stated "AVBOB have embarked on this journey in order to contribute to the unleashing of potential inherent in each and every one of the young learners, whose lives we will be touching over the next three years. It is a well-known fact that learner performance in literacy is one of the biggest challenges facing the national government. This project is aimed at taking on the challenge as a socially responsible corporate citizen. We believe we can make a difference in bringing about positive change. As an insurer, we are taking out insurance against the increased levels of illiteracy and unemployment.".
Mr Robert Sangweni, headmaster of the school, is delighted that his school has been chosen to pilot this worthy project. His teaching staff has been fully behind the project and are looking forward to having the facility to assist their teaching efforts.
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