A teacher by profession Mrs Nobuhle Ndugane-Somi has been employed as a library assistant for two decades. She took it upon herself to, in collaboration with Breadline Africa, open a reading room called Intsika Yolwazi, which the principal agreed to have placed at Zanemfundo Primary School in Philippi.
The school principal, Mr Phulani Sontshatsha welcomed the guests on Wednesday, 28 March 2018. He said that it was a pleasure and an honour to have the opportunity to open a new library at that their school. He added that he was delighted that the children in the community would benefit from the library, as it gives them hope for the future.
Many years ago, Nobuhle saw the need for children to have a community reading room, because in many of these areas, especially on the Cape Flats, there is nothing in the form of recreation for them. The majority of them stay in houses where they have no place to do their homework and assignments, or even to read.
One of the guests at the event, Stellenbosch University’s Dr Chris Jones: “Reading is fundamental in functioning in today’s society. There are so many adults who can’t read. Reading is also a vital skill in finding a job; it develops the mind; through reading, we discover new things, develop our imagination and the creative side of people. Reading is critical to developing a good self-image, and words, spoken and written are the building blocks of life”. He added, “You are, right now, the result of words that you have heard or read. What you become in the future, will depend on the words you believe about yourself now. People, families, relationships, and even nations are built from words. Nobuhle will help the children to discover exactly this. In this regard, she is a huge asset to any community.”
Breadline Africa’s Marketing Manager, Nyasha Njela took this opportunity to thank all the Breadline Africa donors for making this dream a reality for Nobuhle and wished her well with her exciting venture!