The power of collaboration – Citizens create a Library for Tlakukani Primary School for Mandela Day

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Ruth Mashvaba, Sylvia and Dick Van Straaten

I want to share an opportunity with you – and invite you to participate!

So, Ruth (principal) and Rebecca (head for foundation phase education and teacher) decided that they want a library for Tlakukani Primary. They selected an empty classroom and cleaned it out. They invited members of the community, parents, others to offer/participate. It happened with the time and resources the community offered. Over December holiday period.
 

It is such a fantastic story  about active citizenship, commitment, accountability, sustainability and how much return I see on the time and money Mandevco has invested on Partners for Possibility with Tlakukani as our partner. So I tell people. Lots of people. And it inspires them.  

Recently I met up with an old colleague who used to be on the executive committee of a major financial institution. He is now an entrepreneur. He tells me he is re-marrying and wants to raise money instead of collecting wedding gifts, and he wants to use that money to start a library at an underprivileged school. I shout out “Pick mine!” and he says “Ok, done deal”. He honours his word and we now have R60,000 sitting in trust, ready for our new library. He is a hero in my life, and he wants to be anonymous – he says he does not want to be a hero. And he is one to me.

Then, I tell the story to a lady in my exercise class. Sylvia is a retired school teacher over 70 years old. She volunteers and reads stories to our children on Monday afternoons, creating better linguistic skills and improving their learning ability. She’s been there for a few weeks now.

Sylvia decided she is going to shape up the library. Her husband Dick has arranged paint – donated by another company. Sylvia has wangled shelves from someone else. Dick and his workers are professionals and will be painting, installing shelving and refurbishing the Library in a major way.

My invitation to You:

Sylvia is arranging for her friends to join in. One of them is a librarian who has provided a simple book/library process for the school. She has many other ideas so I am inviting YOU to join in a thinking circle about what can be done, and how YOU can also contribute. Some of her ideas are:

1.    Library bags for each child, used as a reward/incentive/symbol of love for reading and books. She’s thinking about sowing A4 size bags with sturdy material. Or other types of bags. And other options that you may think of.
2.    When we buy or get books donated, marking them and covering them with DCFix etc – for the library catalog.

Everyone is welcome to join-in and bring their own unique ideas and skills.  
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The power of collaboration– Citizens create a Library for Tlakukani Primary School for Mandela Day

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