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Otto Foun­da­tion builds school li­brary

- Staff Writer Illiteracy · Walmer · College of the Holy Cross

THE new Protea Li­brary at Walmer Es­tate Pri­mary School was of­fi­cially opened yes­ter­day.

The li­brary was built by the lit­er­acy-fo­cused Otto Foun­da­tion, which said work on the ren­o­va­tion of a small, rarely used hall on the school prop­erty started in Jan­uary.

An ini­tial de­sign and lay­out for the li­brary was pre­pared by Lienkie Troskie from Vizi Ar­chi­tects.

“The Otto Foun­da­tion team worked with a large group of lo­cal cre­atives and man­u­fac­tur­ers to bring the li­brary de­sign to life,” the foun­da­tion said.

“Learn­ers were also in­volved in the process of cre­at­ing the li­brary by propos­ing names for the space with the ‘win­ning’ name be­ing pro­posed by a Grade 3 pupil, choos­ing paint colours for the fea­ture walls, and telling us which books they would like to see on the shelves.”

Walmer Es­tate Pri­mary School serves about 300 learn­ers who com­mute to school from lower in­come com­mu­ni­ties out­side of the city cen­tre.

“A small ded­i­cated staff of ed­u­ca­tors, un­der the lead­er­ship of prin­ci­pal Denize Keller­man, has been work­ing hard to im­prove the school’s lit­er­acy scores,” the foun­da­tion said.

“Keller­man ap­proached the Otto Foun­da­tion in 2019 to re­quest as­sis­tance in set­ting up a li­brary and learn­ing cen­tre at the school.

“The school also re­ceives sup­port from the Shine Lit­er­acy Pro­gramme.

“It is also in the process of set­ting up a com­puter lab­o­ra­tory that would al­low them to in­tro­duce e-learn­ing pro­grammes aimed at im­prov­ing both lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy,” it said.

It is the sec­ond li­brary, along with the Liyabona Li­brary at Holy Cross Pri­mary School, the Foun­da­tion de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Kam­valethu Foun­da­tion

The ini­tial cat­a­logue of books was do­nated by The Book­ery. |

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