Masters student in Housing, Ms Lungile Zulu, and her cousin and UKZN alumnus, Ms Nokwazi Nyaba, recently donated 800 books to the Bavumile Lower Primary School in Umlazi as part of celebrating 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela.
Zulu, a former pupil at the school, decided to give back to the community, believing that education and books are powerful tools to enable change and help learners succeed.
‘The books are not part of the school curriculum but have the potential to enhance the children’s grammar, and broaden their general understanding of life and of how things are made and how they work. Books about people, animals and plant life in South Africa, Africa and the whole world,’ said Zulu. ‘These are books that will inspire a child to not only read more but have a general understanding of life.’
The school has an empty room with shelves, which will now be converted to a library.
School Principal, Ms A Thango, said: ‘This is the first time our school will have a library. It is really great and we are appreciative that a former learner has come back to help their school. The learners are excited to have a library and we now have a plan in place to ensure that all of them can access the books.’
Zulu, who also works for the Department of Public Works in Pretoria, is keen to get more involved in community engagement projects and will assist her former school and other disadvantaged schools in the area.