Qibi Primary School – 15 October 2014
Ha-Sethunya, Free State.
October the 15th 2014 marked the launched of the 50th Mandela Day Library, a significant milestone for Breadline Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Mandela Day Libraries project began in 2011 and neither organisation would have imagined it turning into such a great success over such a short period.
More than just having supported 50 under-resourced primary schools all over South Africa with a library facility, the Mandela Day Libraries Project has grown in partnerships as well as access to great reading materials, training content and literacy development activity. We aim to inspire a love of reading among children who come from environment were reading culture is rare and we are well on our way. With a grassroots and community development approach to literacy development, we can only grow our offering in a sustainable and impact way, ultimately having a tremendous impact on literacy scores in a country in desperate need.
Today, Qibi Primary School was the recipient, the first of three libraries sponsored by Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS). The partnership between Breadline Africa and ATNS began in 2012 and now we celebrate their sustainable investment in education.
The 5th library to be launched in the Free State, Qibi Primary School is a shining example of the kind of school we invest in. The Principal, Ms Lipali, leads a dedicated and enthused staff and has established partnerships with a number of organisations which contribute to the development and progress of the learners at the school. Some of them include Save the Children, and the Kagiso Trust. Today the school celebrated the start of a new a long term partnership with Breadline Africa and the Soul City Institute.
There are 469 learners enrolled at Qibi Primary this year, a number which has doubled since the school started in 1979. The school has a long history of strong leadership and they is no doubt that Ms. Lipali has the energy and commitment to grow the school and learners into champions of change.
None of this would have been possible without a shared vision with Air Traffic and Navigation Systems (ATNS ). Poised to develop a skilled and capable workforce, their efforts in being good corporate citizens will remain focused on education. They are invested in children and today was a sure display of their values.