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A literacy lift for Isiphethu Semfundo Primary School

Mr T Ndaba (circuit manager: KZN Department of Education), Miss P Gazu (Avbob key account manager), Mrs P Nene (headmistress: Isiphethu Semfundo Primary School) and Mr V Khathi (Avbob KZN Provincial Manager). Pictures: Supplied

Meander Chronicle Reporter

Reading and learning at Isiphethu Semfundo Primary School are set to get a boost after the Avbob Foundation proudly handed over a trolley library worth R45 000 to the school. The trolley library is stocked with more than 500 books.

The handover ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, March 23 in Nottingham Road, was attended by senior Avbob staff and community members closely affiliated with the school.

Philipine Nene, the school’s principal, said she was delighted about the donation: “Everyone at the school is absolutely overjoyed; this is a golden opportunity for our learners – who are already passionate about reading – to learn new things. From then on, the sky is the limit,” she said. “These brand new books are exactly what was needed to enrich the learners’ learning experience,” she said.

Nottingham Road resident Mrs C Martin, Mrs P Nene (Isiphethu Semfundo Primary School headmistress) and Mr V Khathi (Avbob KZN provincial manager).

Nene expressed gratitude to the Avbob Foundation. “The school is based in a rural area and one of the challenges that our learners faced is the limited supply of books. We have had to rotate the same learning material from one learner to another. So we are thankful to Avbob for reaching underprivileged communities through the Avbob Foundation! We hope you keep up the good work,” she said.

Recognition

Vusi Khathi, Avbob provincial manager for KZN, believes that the school has earned the donation due to its dedication to producing top quality learners. “I am proud to be associated with a school that deserves recognition for their performance and accomplishments. Schools such as Isiphethu Sempfundo Primary School are the reason we were inspired to create trolley libraries and it is our hope that this library will instil a deep and continued culture of reading within the learners.”

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The Avbob Foundation is best known for its flagship container library project, through which the organisation donates container libraries to deserving, indigent schools throughout South Africa. As a way to maximise the reach and impact of the libraries, only schools with a learner enrolment of 600 or more can qualify to receive container library.

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However, through the years, as a result of engaging with various remarkable, smaller schools that are just as in need of a helping hand and just as devoted to giving their pupils a head start in their education, the foundation started donating trolley libraries.

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