Mandela Day Libraries
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has chosen nine schools to each receive a converted container, supplied by Breadline Africa. These containers are being transformed into libraries, with the aid of companies and communities who will help to paint the containers, build fences and playgrounds around them, provide bookshelves and donate books, posters and computers.
The containers were delivered at the beginning of July and once the volunteers had worked their magic, the new libraries were opened one by one throughout the month.
A simple solution to the problem of a shortage of library facilities is to provide one – in a box!
Breadline Africa RSA (BLA), in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, launched a project in 2011 that identified primary schools that were in dire need of library facilities. Since then, this has been achieved through the placing of repurposed shipping containers to supply an almost-instant library facility.
On 15 April 2014, students at Itemeleng Primary School in Reddersberg, Free State, became the proud recipients of an all-new Mandela Day container library and digital centre of learning.
On 21 January 2014, the 35th Mandela Day container library was opened at Thuto Ke Tsela Primary School in Frankfort in the Free State.
On 16 January 2014, the 34th Mandela Day container library officially opened its doors, at Ikaya Primary School in Kayamandi township in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.
This year, for the second year running, the South African High Commission in Jamaica joined hands with Jamaicans to celebrate Mandela Day.
Singing, dancing, reading and music created an atmosphere of celebration at the opening of the 32nd Mandela Day container library, at Magudu Primary School in Mpumalanga, on 5 September 2013.
Alpine Primary School is situated in Mitchells Plain, on the outskirts of Cape Town. A learning environment for some 1 300 pupils from Grades R to 7, the school is now home to the 30th Mandela Day container library.
On 18 July 2013, while the world celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, students at Refithlilepele Primary School in Soshanguve, Pretoria became the proud new recipients of a Mandela Day container library.
Boikanyo Primary School in the Ga-Rankuwa district, just outside Pretoria, is one of three recipients of a brand new Mandela Day container library. The library opened at the school on 17 July 2013.
Literacy is probably the single most important skill for an individual to possess: as an empowerment tool it gives access to further education and life opportunities, and it is a tool for transformative democracy.