Edgewood Library staff donated 26 wooden book shelves and 360 books to the Kwabazothini High School as their contribution to the 67 minutes Mandela initiative.
The school, at Manyuswa in KwaZulu-Natal, has 506 learners and 18 teachers with most of the pupils supported by single mothers and grandmothers while learners are often part of child-headed households.
The school, founded in 1978, has no library, laboratories, kitchen, or administrative block.
Edgewood Library staff assembled the library shelves and organised the books so the learners could have easy access to them.
Library members have formed a partnership with the school to support its development and to ensure the library operates efficiently.
Among challenges faced by the school are classes of up to 62 learners, poor ablution facilities, broken windows, and no running water or electricity.
It is a no fee school and there is a Government-funded feeding scheme.
Library staff were inspired by this quote from Nelson Mandela:
‘What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.’