Gugulesizwe Primary School starts a new chapter

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Gugulesizwe Primary School starts a new chapter this Mandela Day thanks to Emperors Palace and the Peermont Community Benefit Trust
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” stated our dearly departed icon and former President Nelson Mandela. Those words will echo throughout history as learners seek motivation. With this in mind, approximately 750 learners from Gugulesizwe Primary School in Daveyton will experience some ‘Madiba Magic’ when the Peermont Community Benefit Trust, in collaboration with the regional Department of Education officials and the school’s governing body, unveils a refurbished library. The majority of these learners, who come from underprivileged backgrounds will now be empowered to do their school work with limitless access to information.

Emperors Palace staff will honour the day on 18 July 2016 by rolling up their sleeves to change the conditions of the school, by way of refurbishing the library, which include new book shelves, tiling, fitting in new lights and painting. The refurbished library will offer learners an enhanced culture of reading and mental discipline – believed to be the building blocks of a nation according to the late Tata Madiba. The school will also receive a new computer to ease the process of data capturing and book management. The learners will also benefit from additional books donated by the Rotary Association. As part of encouraging greening in schools, Emperors Palace in partnership with Four Seasons will plant seedlings in existing vegetable gardens, in an effort to as promote food security.

“We have spent in excess of R127 000 on the library infrastructure and books,” said Group Corporate Affairs Executive, Vusi Zwane. “Our efforts not only reflect Nelson Mandela’s legacy, but will expose learners to technology, develop their reading skills and furbish the school with much needed information”, continued Zwane.
“The school library is going to play an important part in the school community and we are extremely grateful to the trustees for their investment”, comments an enthused Thobile Mavundla, Principal at Gugulesizwe Primary School. “A library is central to learning and offers a space where learners can discover new things, satisfy their curiosity and expand their horizons”, Mavundla concludes.
An effective and well-resourced school library plays a key role in the cultural and social life of the school. It can be a central point for engagement with all kinds of reading, cultural activities, access to information, knowledge building, deep thinking and lively discussion.
Peermont spends in excess of R30 million annually, supporting worthy community projects under the following pillars: Education, Youth Development, Entrepreneurial Development and Environmental Enrichment.

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