Novus Holdings and Breadline Africa found the best way to celebrate World Book Day on Tuesday 23 April – together, they opened a new prefabricated library for the children of Prince George Primary School.
Children and visitors alike were entertained by poetry, readings and superb renditions by the school’s marimba band. But the highlight of the morning was a special appearance by Horton the Elephant from Dr Seuss’s famous story “Horton hears a Who!”, who shared some of his special story. This was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with representatives from the school, Novus Holdings and Breadline Africa in attendance.
Prince George Primary School principal, Ms Lameez Rabbaney, said that the impact of the new library on the children will create a safe space for them to read, imagine and express their creativity.
“The Lavender Hill area is known for extreme gang violence and is not an easy environment to grow up in. In the Cape Flats, there is a notion that crime pays; if you want a good life, joining a gang is perceived to be the easiest way to get this. Many of the learners who attend our school are constantly reminded of this. The impact of the library will be felt for years to come, not only on the school children, but also the community. We hope that the books inspire the learners to make a positive contribution to society,” said Rabbaney.
Marion Wagner, director of Breadline Africa added that the school was a deserving beneficiary of the library.
“Prince George Primary has more than 1,000 English and Afrikaans students attending the school, but has never had a designated library area. With literacy being a real concern for the school, we have seen how hard Ms Rabbaney and her team have worked to remedy this.”
Special guests included representatives from literacy partner organisations: Gaynor Cozens from Wordworks, Leanne Reid – Learning in Reach and Shona Breytenbach from the Principals Academy. Local ward councillor, Shanen Rossouw also joined in the celebrations.