Commemorating Nelson Mandela’s legacy of service to others, Breadline Africa, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory launched the 45th Mandela Day library sponsored by Volkswagen Community Trust. The launch took place just a day after Madiba’s birthday, a day celebrated as International Mandela Day, where South Africans and the international community are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to the upliftment of others.
Volkswagen staff and their families arrived at Alfonso Arries Primary School early this Saturday morning, and despite the rain and cold weather, spent half a day showing their support in various ways. As part of their corporate social investment, Volkswagen initiated a “Show of Hands” campaign to get their employees actively involved in community development. This year, Alfonso Arries Primary School was selected as a beneficiary. The Volkswagen staff in their “Show of Hands”, planted trees, cleaned classrooms, and handed over a Mandela Day Library as well as a full rugby kits for the schools under 11 and 13 rugby teams. It certainly was a full day of activity, and Volkswagen staff certainly extended themselves beyond 67minutes for Mandela Day.Located between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, Mrs. Mkencele (principal) runs the only primary school in the areiBali and Volkswagen staff.
The public sector partnership with Breadline Africa means that the Mandela Day Library placed at Alfonso Arries Primary School will now be supported and monitored by district level library and information services to assist Breadline Africa in ensuring impact and sustainability. The acknowledgement and support received by National, Provincial and District level representatives from the Department of Basic Education on the day was very encouraging as it showed the importance of a multi-sector approach needed in literacy development for the children of South Africa. Additionally, the school will be further supported by “Reading for Enjoyment” focused NGO, Praesa. Their Nal ‘iBali campaign representatives were also present on the day launching a reading club in support of the schools literacy development efforts.