The Mandela Library Project aims to improve literacy rates in primary schools for children between the ages of 5 to 14 years. The current national average literacy rates at a grade 5 level are 32% and we aim to improve that but at least 35% in the next 5 years.
The Mandela School Library have had significant success in the last 8 years and see's most of othe schools enjoy a 70% plus literacy ratio across the 110 Libnraries deployed so far and as well as over 200 000 children in the reading clubs. We need to reach 2 million children to make it really count in our economy.
By simply learning to read a child can then use reading to stay in school and learn further. Reading and Literacy has shown to:
- Keep kids in school two years longer than average,
- Keep most Girl child learners in school until Matric
- Increase the average learners earning ability by 350% once completed with school and in a job.
- On average the girl child has 2,5 less children and ensures all her children attend school until matric.
- Every R1 spent on literacy in primary school saves the education system R17 per child in high school.
Mr. Mandela once told us, “We will never have the resources to help every child, but we have the responsibility to give each child the tools to help themselves, Literacy is one of those tools for life and it should be our focus”.
Please help us in buiolding another Library on the Joberg2C route through rural South Africa and give a child a chance at a betterv life.