According to Novus Holdings, the learners at Silver Sands Primary come from communities that do not have access to a library, and it is shown that access to libraries improves learner performance and increases their chances of success.
Carrie Nixon, corporate communications manager for Novus Holdings, was present at the virtual handover and advised that this project was just one of the many projects of Future Foundations, a Novus Holdings CSI initiative.
The Future Foundation's mission is to transform communities by making a sustainable difference with a focus on education. To date, Future Foundation has invested R1.4-million and has rolled out 44 libraries to ten schools across:
- the Western and Eastern Cape, and
- the Free State.
"A literate educated society is a safer, healthier and more prosperous society. So by promoting reading, writing and other academic subjects, we can lead the way in promoting prosperity through knowledge. It is envisaged that the introduction of these mobile libraries will go a long way towards improving the literacy rate in our province," says Nixon.
"Access to books is key in having a more literate nation. It is, therefore, crucial that we promote reading in schools — especially as access to reading material is fundamental to improving literacy. This brilliant initiative will go a long way in bridging this gap," concludes Vernon Koen, a representative of the Western Cape Education Department.
The roll-out of the libraries to the beneficiary school was coordinated and managed by Ahmed Motala of the New Africa Education Foundation, an NPO that has partnered with Novus Holdings and the Department of Basic Education.
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