IN celebration of National Library Week, the WSU Library Services Department have donated over 100 books, comprising of 51 titles to the disadvantaged Gill Ntoni Primary School in Mdantsane on Friday, 24 March.

The initiative is a gesture in response to a clarion call by the Library and Information Association of South Africa to instil a culture of reading in young people.

Library Services deputy director Nontembiso Ntsiko also referred to the South African Bill of Rights which recognizes the freedom of access to information as a basic human right.

“We recently celebrated Human Rights Day on 21 March and education is one of the basic human rights. And encouraging reading in young people helps develop creativity and improves ones vocabulary,” Ntsiko said.

Gill Ntoni Primary School principal Mr Mdyogolo expressed unreserved gratitude for the donation as it will bring the school’s book club ambitions to fruition.

“We are grateful to WSU for this wonderful gesture which will be good entertainment for the kids and for establishing a book club that will install a reading culture that will make it easier for them at tertiary level, said Mdyogolo.

This initiative is supported by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science & Technology.

By: Sinawo Hermans

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