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Mandela Day Library opened at Skeen Primary School, 2014.09.06, Alexandra: [Set of 11 Images]

  • ZA COM NMFPC-NMD2014-NMD2014-2-NMD2014-2-10-NMD2014-2-10-3
  • subx3series
  • 2014.09.06
  • Part of 5.1 NMF > Mandela Day

On 6 September 2014, right in the middle of National Literacy Week, students and educators at Skeen Primary School in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, celebrated the opening of the school’s Mandela Day container library.
The library is the 49th facility of it kind to open since the launch of the Mandela Day container library project in 2012.

Orgill, Jade

Mandela Day Library opened at Thabantsho Primary School, 2014.05.14, Senwabarwana: [Set of 12 Images]

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  • subx3series
  • 2014-05-14
  • Part of 5.1 NMF > Mandela Day

In the heart of the Limpopo farmlands, near the Botswana border, lies the village of Senwabarwana. The impoverished village (also known as Bochum), founded by businessman Stanley Thema, is one of the fastest-growing rural areas in South Africa. 147 learners attending Thabantsho Primary School have little choice but to walk kilometres every day just to get to class. Jade Orgill, Project Manager at Breadline Africa, reported that while she was setting up the school’s container library in preparation for the launch event, some Grade 7 learners explained to her that none of them had never seen a library before – and certainly not so many books in one place.

Orgill, Jade