Breadline Africa launches 36th Mandela Day Library
Moime Primary School – 19 February 2014
Wednesday 19th February, 2014 marked the celebration of the 36th Mandela Day Library, one of 2 libraries in the province sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The sponsoring organisation, GIA, is a non-governmental organisation aimed at education in the field of gems and minerals and today beyond the provision of a library, their staff donated books to the project and 20 learners between the ages of 13 and 15 years were selected to participate in a junior gemology programme which their staff ran.
Situated in rural Limpopo and serving approximately 300 learners from grades R to 7, the principal and teachers of Moime primary school have proved to be a beacon of hope in their community. Out of 136 villages in the region, only 5 are making a contribution to the economy which is an indication of a serious lack in education. It was not surprising that the launch received the magnitude of support that it did. The programme included representatives from local and provincial government, the school governing body, tribal authorities as well as retired principals and teachers, each of whom understood the weight of the invested resource for a community such as this.
The themes coming through in the speeches were that of grace and gratitude, but also the significance of partnerships. In 2012, Tsepiso Makwetla a South African journalist who would later become MTN Woman of the Year, decided to invest 67 minutes of her time serving at Moime primary. It was the start of a 2 year long relationship with the school of which a library was one of many needs she has been able to meet by bringing the right partners together. The library received R50 000 worth of books which was part of the prize money she received as M TN Woman of the Year.
District level education is committed to supporting the library and the school to making it part of the community. This is an absolute necessity as the library placed at Moime primary is the only school with a library in the entire district. Starting with approximately 1 400 books, the investment is off to a great start. Additionally, strategic partners to Breadline Africa, Soul Buddyz will be extending funds to reinstate the school as a member school initiating life skills and literacy programmatic work going forward. All in all the celebration was well attended and it was a joyous occasion for all.