What we do/Mandela Day Libraries Project
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” … Nelson Mandela
- Our children’s poor level of literacy is harming their future
- More than 16 000 public schools in South Africa do not have libraries
- Container libraries are an innovative, inexpensive way to address this need
- The Mandela Day Library Project provides container libraries to deserving primary schools
- This year we are hoping to place at least 20 new libraries
- We need your support
How does the project work?
- The project is part of Mandela Day celebrations nationwide
- The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory heads the project
- Breadline Africa oversees the work of converting the containers
- Soul Buddyz identifies the schools with active Soul Buddyz Clubs
- Corporates provide financial support, sponsorship of books and employee volunteers
- Literacy organisations, book donation agencies and publishers provide books, educational equipment and materials
Who does the project benefit?
- Container libraries are installed at deserving primary schools throughout South Africa
- Between 800-1000 learners will benefit from the new library in each school
- Soul Buddyz Club members at the schools assist with the maintenance and use of the container library
- Literacy NGOs and other organisations help instill a culture of reading amongst children
How can you help?
- Pledge your support for the Mandela Day Library Project
- Sponsor a library branded with your own company logo
- A 12-metre container library costs between R120 000 to R160 000 to install; other larger options are available. Please click here to view the Container Library plan.
- Offer equipment, books or other educational materials
- ‘Adopt’ a school and raise funds among staff
- Ask your staff to participate in painting and furnishing the library
- All supporters receive a Section 18a tax exemption certificate
To find out more and get involved, please contact Tim Smith, Director of Breadline Africa (firstname.lastname@example.org; 021-4180322)
Or Frank Meintjies, Mandela Day Coordinator, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
(FrankM@nelsonmandela.org; 011-547 5600)