The 1,342 children who attend Aldinville Senior Primary School in KwaDukuza, approximately 70 kilometres north of Durban, were thrilled to receive a 12-metre converted shipping container library on Thursday 25 October 2018.
Established in 1844, this rural school has very few resources. A container library filled with books and other educational aids is a huge boost to its teaching arsenal.
The Principal, Mr Thulani Shadrack Khumalo explained how excited he and the teachers were when they heard the news that they were going to receive a library. He said that it came at a time when he was on the point of collapsing from exhaustion. He thanked Breadline Africa and said that this opportunity has transformed the school into a happy island surrounded by a poor sea.
The library was provided by a generous grant from the National Lotteries Commission, and is supported by the MRP Foundation and the Joint Education Trust.
Mrs Lindiwe Khoza from the Department of Education’s Education Library Information and Technology Service congratulated the school on their new library and added that she was so pleased to be able to attend the launch as its their busiest time of year monitoring the progress of the year-end exams. Ms Khoza explained that any initiative to support school libraries was greatly welcomed and she personally supported this exciting project.
Her parting words to the children were: “be friends with a book”. She said books are friendly and offer a world of adventure and excitement for the reader.
Ms Valerie Reddy, a teacher at the school and the Library Coordinator said that she was delighted by the support received from local companies to stock the library. She said that she embarked on this fundraising project because she strongly believes that literacy aids in building our democracy. She added that the learners have big shoes to fulfil in emulating Chief Albert Luthuli, who attended this school many years before.
Prior to the launch, the Breadline Africa team found Ms Thembi Dlamini, the Grade 4 teacher hard at work in the library. To illustrate how she has integrated library time into the school day, she explained how she juggles her teaching periods with other teachers so that she can be available to other children during their language (English and Zulu) period. Well done Ms Dlamini – we are looking forward to hearing of Aldinville’s literacy successes!