New li­brary for pri­mary school pupils

The New Age (Gauteng) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - REFILWE MAGASHULE prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

THE un­der­priv­i­leged pupils of Shuponga Pri­mary School in Inanda re­ceived a nudge to­wards a brighter fu­ture with the open­ing of a li­brary ear­lier this week.

The li­brary boasts an in­ven­tory of 1 182 fic­tion and non­fic­tion books which will be for the se­nior pri­mary sec­tion while each ju­nior pri­mary school class­room will have ac­cess to 60 books to­tal­ ling an­other 780 books.

The prin­ci­pal, Zakhele Luthuli, said at the open­ing on Wed­nes­day: “I am de­lighted with the school’s new li­brary and book cor­ner as I be­lieve it is just the boost the pupils need head­ing into the new term. Hav­ing a li­brary at an un­der­priv­i­leged school will cre­ate a real im­pact on the lives of our pupils.”

The ini­tia­tive was led by Dur­ban­based NPO, The LEARN Project, which dis­trib­utes chil­dren’s books and ed­uca­ tional re­sources in the prov­ince.

Founder of LEARN, Roslynne To­e­rien, said: “Li­braries are a source of in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge and the project be­lieves that through these kinds of ini­tia­tives, pupils can take en­cour­age­ment that read­ers make lead­ers.”

The project’s re­search said schools had shown that pupils’ marks im­proved by up to 55% when their schools had li­brary and read­ing ma­te­rial.

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