NPO do­nates new li­brary to needy school

Driv­ing ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives

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“TOWN­SHIP ed­u­ca­tion should be made a pri­or­ity; this will im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion and lit­er­acy in town­ships.”

These are the sen­ti­ments that Mbe­beza Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion founder, Lin­dani Mbe­beza, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion (NPO) that en­vi­sions the devel­op­ment of schools and cor­rec­tional cen­tres lives by.

The foun­da­tion do­nated a li­brary to Uviwe Se­nior Sec­ondary School in Scenery Park which was of­fi­cially opened re­cently. Mbe­beza said their mis­sion is to teach rel­e­vant skills and to in­volve school, com­mu­nity and cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties in all ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Our aims also in­clude, de­vel­op­ing dig­nity for self-aware­ness, de­vel­op­ing re­spect for self and oth­ers, and also de­vel­op­ing con­fi­dence, in­de­pen­dence and self-mo­ti­va­tion,” Mbe­beza said.

He said he found Uviwe when he re­searched East Lon­don look­ing for schools that needed as­sis­tance and did their best to pro­vide space to ac­com­mo­date their li­brary fa­cil­ity and made their dream come true.

The deputy prin­ci­pal of Uviwe Se­nior Sec­ondary said they ap­pre­ci­ated the do­na­tion and that it would ben­e­fit the stu­dents a lot in terms of school work and at­ten­dance. He said they were very happy as a school for such a gen­er­ous do­na­tion.

School teacher and li­brar­ian Mavis Yam, also ex­pressed her ex­cite­ment and grat­i­tude to­wards the new li­brary. “We are very ex­cited about our new li­brary and books.

“This will help our learn­ers a lot with their school as­sign­ments. How­ever, we would like a much big­ger fa­cil­ity and that will have to be our next goal and should hap­pen in the next five years. “This will not only ben­e­fit us but the com­mu­nity too,” Yam said

Mbe­beza added: “Our fu­ture goals are to see ev­ery school and com­mu­ni­ties at large have book clubs with li­braries all over South Africa, we want to equip and ed­u­cate peo­ple as well as cre­ate a whole na­tion where ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion are no­ble and happy hu­man be­ings. I can’t think no greater legacy. Ed­u­ca­tion is more than a lux­ury, it is a re­spon­si­bil­ity that so­ci­ety owes to it­self.”

Ma­tric pupil, Azola Nges­mani said she was happy for such a fa­cil­ity at the school al­though she was leav­ing at the end f the year. “I will be mak­ing great use of the li­brary while I’m still here. We now have ac­cess to more books to help with our school as­sign­ments,” she said.

Pic­ture: THANDEKA NTLONTI

VERY EX­CITED: Uviwe Se­nior Sec­ondary School has a new li­brary, thanks to the Lin­dani Mbe­beza Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion. Pic­tured at the open­ing are, from right, li­brar­ian Mavis Yam, Banele Zode, deputy prin­ci­pal Vuyani Mgqolozana, Azola Nges­mani, Lin­dani Mbe­beza, Zizipho No­mani and Afika Bu­tyeni

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