The AVBOB Foundation is Helping Build Leaders of Tomorrow
The hosts, Ezindlovini Primary School teachers, learners and community members warmly welcomed the delegation from AVBOB and the Department of Education and commemorated the special day by proudly singing the National Anthem and performing traditional dances.
Literacy at South African schools is a huge concern especially considering that only 8% of public schools have functional libraries. The road that AVBOB have decided to travel with their library projects will go a long way in bridging the literacy gap.
Mr Frik Rademan, the CEO of AVBOB is committed to the library campaign and empowering the lives of the learners. He believes that the libraries will go a long way in unleashing the potential that is inherent in each and every young learner. This will help level the disparity found in rural schools and help give learners a head start.
The partnership between the sponsor AVBOB, the NGO Touch Africa and the Department of Education will see a further 24 libraries being donated over the next three years.
Dedication and commitment in developing literacy in our schools is not only the responsibility of partners and sponsors but more importantly it rests with the worthy recipients of these prized libraries.
- Reviewing the history of the school.
- An evaluation of the leadership team.
- What sponsorships the school has received previously.
- Establishing the school’s needs and how these will be assessed in the future.
In these tough economic times, it is vital that sponsors are ensuring that their charitable donations are both measurable and sustainable. In the case of a library, the ‘measurable’ should relate to a direct increase in literacy levels and interest in reading. The onus falling on the school to “maintain and develop” the library and also to introduce the learners to new books on a regular basis.
In previous schools where library donations have taken place, an increase in attendance and a migration from other nearby schools has been noticed. Learners seeking a spot in these respective schools came as a direct result of their newly acquired facility.
Rotary International and their Humanitarian Distribution Centre of Southern Africa in Bedfordview, donated 300 books. An additional 300 books were purchased from BIBLIONEF and they in return donated the same amount. AVBOB Foundation purchased the remainder of books from a supplier in Port Elizabeth.