UNICEF Durban’s volunteer group’s library initiative for Nelson Mandela Month

The ongoing project began with multiple book drives and collections that aided in plans to construct a library at Merry Hill.

Imaan Khan, UNICEF Durban Volunteer
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UNICEF South Africa/2019/Durban Volunteers
28 July 2019

Durban - The UNICEF Durban volunteer group has officially kicked off their first community project with Merry Hill Primary School, located in the heart of Chatsworth, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The ongoing project began with multiple book drives and collections that aided in plans to construct a library at Merry Hill.

Nelson Mandela stressed the importance of reading, but difficulties arise in communities that lack resources, and as a group of young individuals that strongly advocate for the importance of education and reading at an early age, we saw it fit that our first project should reflect that, and this coincided perfectly with Nelson Mandela Month. We are striving to promote a culture of reading by making books accessible to learners in schools that are not as privileged to have these fundamental materials.

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UNICEF South Africa/2019/Durban Volunteers
UNICEF Durban Student Volunteers sort through books they have collected.

We have successfully collected over 15 boxes of books, including educational textbooks that will cover grades 1-7. Our project is slowly on its way with the physical construction of the library and we are determined to be consistently involved to ensure its success. Our aim is to target schools in need and to assist as many children as we can to make a significant difference in their lives and futures.

Upon the completion of our project, we plan to be active within the school’s community and start reading seminars, educational workshops and more hands-on learning programmes with the students, to aid in a better and more favourable learning environment and encourage education in a different light. We believe that children deserve to be given equal opportunities with regards to education and learning. Therefore, we will strive to do our best, within our capabilities, to essentially improve their circumstances to have that fair chance of a brighter future.

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