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Education | 23 April 2015

First Mandela Container Library Handed Over

As South Africa celebrates Freedom Day on April 27, an annual public holiday that recognises freedom and the first post-apartheid elections on this day in 1994, the Cotton On Foundation continues to work in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to empower youth and to mark the great legacy of Nelson Mandela.

In line with our education focus, one of the key projects we’re working towards in South Africa is the Mandela Library Program, whereby libraries made from shipping containers are donated to five schools in need, providing access to books and a safe learning environment.

When the keys to the first Mandela Day Library were handed over to Valley Primary in Western Cape last month, Principal Priscilla August was overcome with joy and excitement as the facility will cater for more than 240 children from grade R to 6.

“You have started building a dream for these little ones, instilling in them the belief that the sky is the limit. Possibilities are endless when you open the doors to reading… our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy,” she said.

By the end of May, Bovet Primary, Batsogile Primary, Thekwini Primary and Cowan High School will also receive their own container libraries.

The Cotton On Foundation has also just released a special range of tote bags featuring hand-drawn artwork by children from the Valley Primary School (as seen below top left), the first of the five schools to receive a Mandela Day container library.

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100% of the proceeds from the sale of the hand-drawn printed tote will go towards the Cotton On Foundation and our projects in South Africa. The range is available in all Cotton On stores in South Africa.

“As a company, we genuinely believe tomorrow can be better than today. We strive for a more equitable future where everyone benefits from our success,” said Johan van Wyk, South Africa Country Manager.

A huge THANK YOU to all of our customers for your support; together we make big things happen!

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