"Bringing the School Library to life"
I drove past The Bookery one morning on my way to the studio. Not my normal route as I had to collect prints on the way, but still in a road that I come past often I spot The Bookery. Why have I not yet spotted them and what are they about?
After a little bit of research I realized this is my charity for the month! This Non profit organization quickly became close to my heart concentrating on the essentials of basic education, books.
"Literacy and numeracy are the first steps towards social and economic change for both individuals and communities anywhere."
The Bookery aims to provide and support school libraries that are under resourced in South Africa. According to them, there is a dramatic shortage in school libraries with over 90% of public schools in South Africa doesn't even have a functional library.
The Bookery was established on 1 March 2010 under the coordination of Rich Conyngham and soon after the first two libraries were open. Thembelihle High School in May 2010 and Lavender Hill High School in June 2010.
The aim was to have a positive impact on schools and learners in under resourced communities both academically and culturally. Making this possible by sourcing books and resources from the general public and a variety of different partners.
The Bookery started as a branch of Equal Education's campaign for school libraries . EE is an organization promoting quality and equality in the South African educational system as well as a leading in youth leadership development. In October 2013 however, The Bookery became an independent NPO and continues its great work in the building blocks of the education of South Africa.
Written by Marike Herselman
- 18 October 2016