Just over four months have passed since Breadline Africa and the Mandela Day Libraries Project launched the 40th Mandela Day Library in the Free State. Today, the Hobhouse community received the 47th; officially handed over to Mr. Taunyane, the principal of Beisang Mabewana Primary, by the Public Investment Corporation.
Breadline Africa is not only proud to moving toward a milestone of 50 libraries, but we recognize that this project would not be possible without committed companies like the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) who have been investing in the project since 2012. This year they will be launching two libraries and Beisang Mabewana Primary’s was the first to be celebrated.
Senior Communications Officer, Adi Mathai, represented the PIC and spoke of the need for sustainable and impactful solutions to uplift communities. He encouraged the community and educators to make full use of the resource and allow it to be a building block for future generations in developing a culture and love of reading.
It was truly astounding to see how much appreciation and support the library has from the community. The event had to take place in the community hall nearby to cater for all the parents, community members, learners and invited guests. There was traditional dancing, drama, poetry and readings carried out by students of different ages attending Beisang Mabewana Primary, educators cried with happiness.
Partners to Breadline Africa, the Department of Basic Education Library and Information Services directorate were in attendance as well. Seeing the need in the community and being inspired by the dedication and leadership of the school principal, Mr Mahura, Deputy Chief Education Specialist, played a role in helping us select the school. Mr. Mahura understood that the principal of the school possessed the ownership and commitment needed to take a resource like this and build on it.
Breadline Africa is proud to be a part of building the legacy of Madiba through the Mandela Day Libraries Project.