Community members in Krugersdorp and surrounding areas can give the gift of knowledge by donating books and putting together their own library.
International research conducted in 27 countries has shown that good school libraries, and plenty of books at home, benefit children studying for a basic degree or technical diploma.
The DIY School Library Project co-coordinator, Lawrence Ntlokoa, said the African Narratives (AFNA) and Direct to Market (D2M) organisations can assist schools to develop their libraries. Parents can help through the School Governing Body (SGB). AFNA and D2M assist with advice, basic training for library volunteers, running of the library, fund-raising, regular news about new books, competitions and community events.
“Once a library committee has been established, the school must decide where the library will be housed.
They have to ensure that the library venue is secure, and control the book-borrowing records, safe return of books, and use of volunteers to collect books where necessary. Any other ideas from the library committees should be discussed,” said Lawrence.
Free book packs and other incentives will from time to time be provided to participating libraries which are well run and managed. Short performance and activity reports will be required by AFNA to portray the state of the programme to existing and potential funders.
Schools that are keen to participate in the DIY School Library Project can send an e-mail to [email protected], or call 011 791 4561.
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