The Sophunga Primary School library was sponsored by the AES Charitable Trust, and classroom book corners were sponsored by FMI in 2017 as part of their #21lives campaign. A run-down room was gutted and renovated by Essentials Building and transformed into the school’s first library.
Launch day marked history for the school and local community and was celebrated with FMI, The LEARN Project team, volunteers, community members and the school’s circuit manager. Two brand new air conditioners have since been sponsored by the AES Charitable Trust, making the library environment even better for the school’s aspiring readers.
Transformation takes teamwork
The principal and teaching staff attended a book covering party at FMI and offered their time and assistance where needed in realising this dream for their school. This library is managed by Thana Buthelezi, a committed teacher at the school with a passion for literacy and library monitors have also been trained. We are proud of the school’s partnership with donor school DPHS which has been successfully running for a number of years. Each September, we celebrate National Book Week together, as the Sophunga Grade 3 learners and teachers visit DPHS for the day and partner with a Grade 3 DPHS boy.
”“On 19 April 2017, history was made in our school. Having a library in an underprivileged school community is often seen as a luxury, but in actual fact it is a necessity and it will create a real impact in the lives of our learners. We are humbled by The LEARN Project’s generosity.”
— MR ZAKHELE RICHARD LUTHULI, PRINCIPAL
A picture speaks a thousand words
From start to completion, this is Sophunga’s transformation story.