Driving education initiatives
“TOWNSHIP education should be made a priority; this will improve the quality of education and literacy in townships.”
These are the sentiments that Mbebeza Education Foundation founder, Lindani Mbebeza, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that envisions the development of schools and correctional centres lives by.
The foundation donated a library to Uviwe Senior Secondary School in Scenery Park which was officially opened recently. Mbebeza said their mission is to teach relevant skills and to involve school, community and correctional facilities in all activities.
“Our aims also include, developing dignity for self-awareness, developing respect for self and others, and also developing confidence, independence and self-motivation,” Mbebeza said.
He said he found Uviwe when he researched East London looking for schools that needed assistance and did their best to provide space to accommodate their library facility and made their dream come true.
The deputy principal of Uviwe Senior Secondary said they appreciated the donation and that it would benefit the students a lot in terms of school work and attendance. He said they were very happy as a school for such a generous donation.
School teacher and librarian Mavis Yam, also expressed her excitement and gratitude towards the new library. “We are very excited about our new library and books.
“This will help our learners a lot with their school assignments. However, we would like a much bigger facility and that will have to be our next goal and should happen in the next five years. “This will not only benefit us but the community too,” Yam said
Mbebeza added: “Our future goals are to see every school and communities at large have book clubs with libraries all over South Africa, we want to equip and educate people as well as create a whole nation where majority of the population are noble and happy human beings. I can’t think no greater legacy. Education is more than a luxury, it is a responsibility that society owes to itself.”
Matric pupil, Azola Ngesmani said she was happy for such a facility at the school although she was leaving at the end f the year. “I will be making great use of the library while I’m still here. We now have access to more books to help with our school assignments,” she said.