Solomon Mahlangu Primary School in Phoenix, KwaZulu Natal, was established in July 2015 in an area currently being developed as a Provincial Government Priority Project. The aim of this project is to create suitable housing for families who have previously been living in informal settlements around Phoenix.
The school has been established as a mobile campus consisting predominantly of prefabricated structures. Every year, additional prefabricated classrooms are placed to accommodate the growing number of children moving into the area.
With funding provided by Makro, SHOUT Foundation, Breadline Africa and Net#work BBDO, learners at Solomon Mahlangu had an exciting start to the new school term, when they received a brand new school library. Breadline Africa donated 1 800 story books as well as a collection of educational games and toys.
This is the 10th library established under the SHOUT brand and which Breadline Africa has been involved in. Other schools who have benefitted are: Eisleben Primary School in Mitchells Plain, Western Cape (March 2014); Somelulwazi Primary School in Soweto, Gauteng Province (April 2014); Pondo Primary School in Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province (August 2014); TT Lekalake Primary School in Kuruman Northern Cape Province (January 2016); Carter Primary School in Alexandra, Gauteng Province (July 2016); Mafumbuka Primary School in Soshanguve, Gauteng (November 2017); Tlamatlama Primary School in Thembisa, Gauteng (November 2017); Matsavane Primary School in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga (May 2018) and Fumisukoma Primary School in Motherwell, Eastern Cape (July 2018).
School principal, Mr Kevin Sevlall is also a strong advocate for early literacy strategies at the school and insists that all learners participate in a weekly Drop- All- and- Read period. Mr Sevlall is also an active participant in the Partners for Possibility Programme and has committed to exploring how this might support the sustainability of the library, through the regular replenishment of books and covering the costs related to funding a library assistant post.