Who knew that South Africa’s love of the hamburger would become a force for good? The children of Fumisukoma Primary School in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth were the grateful beneficiaries of a prefabricated library, which was handed over on Wednesday, 18 July 2018.
Core funding for the Fumisukoma Primary School library was raised by the Steers Restaurant Franchise that raised R2-million through the sale of the SHOUT Steers Burger. In 2017, Steers partnered with the SHOUT Foundation, Breadline Africa, Net#work BBDO, CSX Customer Services (Pty) Ltd, MAL Foundation and Abacus Space Solutions to establish four primary school libraries: Mafumbuka Primary School in Soshanguve, Gauteng Province (November 2017); Tlamatlama Primary School in Thembisa, Gauteng (November 2017), Matsavane Primary in Agincourt, Bushbuckridge (May 2018) and, most recently, the Fumisukoma Primary School.
The Masinyusane Community Development organisation has committed to providing daily on-site reading support to children at the school and is also funding the appointment of a full-time project manager who will oversee the implementation of the literacy support programme.
The school was very excited to have celebrity musicians Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane, co-founders of SHOUT, attend the launch. The SHOUT Foundation was established 10 years ago as a crime-fighting NGO to advocate for education as a strategy for directing children away from crime. The establishment of the SHOUT libraries aims to support this message.
Mr Vena, the school principal, was hugely grateful to all donors for their support and stressed that he was extremely proud to be the principal of the only primary school in Motherwell to have a dedicated library facility! To show the school’s commitment to this project, the school governing body raised R15,000 to have additional security measures installed in the library.
Diane Laugksch, Breadline Africa’s Strategic Partnerships Manager, explained that the Fumisukoma library is also unusual in that available funding made it possible to also establish an extensive educational games and toy corner. Danny K and Kabelo delighted the children by spending time building puzzles, playing chess and designing Lego buildings. A praise singer thanked donors for visiting Motherwell on Mandela Day and blessed the new school library. The school choir entertained guests, grade 4 learners recited poetry and presented a short reading from a book.