“School libraries make a difference to pupils’ understanding, are an important part of the school community"
THE NOUPOORT Wind Farm has supplied funding for a library for Ikhwezi Lokusa Primary School in Kwazamuxolo, Noupoort.
The mayor of Umsobomvu Municipality, Mzwandile Toto, this week cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the Ikhwezi Lokusa Primary School Library, funded by the wind farm.
“A school library is a fundamental resource for supporting pupils’ learning, a key support for teaching staff and is central to learning as well as being a place for encouraging innovation, curiosity, and problem solving,” Livhuwani Nwachukwu, economic development manager for Noupoort Wind Farm, said.
What was previously an unused classroom has been renovated and converted into a lively and engaging library that includes all the necessary shelving, cabinets and other furnishings to make it a haven for young pupils.
In addition to the renovation and stocking the library with books, the wind farm also provided a computer centre with new desktop equipment to support pupil education.
“The library and computer lab are having a hugely positive and motivating impact on our pupils, who are now able to explore additional sources of information and research additional material for school projects”, said NG Somi, the principal of Ikhwezi Lokusa Primary School, which has 400 pupils from Grade R to Grade 7.
This is not the first time that Noupoort Wind Farm has assisted local school libraries. In 2015, books worth R30 000 were donated to Eureka Primary School. The books included Grade R to Grade 7 Afrikaans curriculum books, teacher aids and activity books. This was the first time that the library had received new books since the school was founded almost 50 years ago.
Noupoort Wind Farm “supports education within the local community and is particularly dedicated to improving literacy levels”. The wind farm supports the belief that literacy is not only the ability to read and write, but also a person’s capacity to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and discern the intricacies of the world in which they live.
“School libraries make a difference to pupils’ understanding, are an important part of the school community and assist in helping to improve literacy,” Nwachukwu.
– Norma Wildenboer