Last week the Cotton On Foundation, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE), handed over another two Mandela Day Container Libraries to the learners and their families of Bovet Primary in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as to the students of Thekweni Primary in KZN.
Bovet Primary and Thekweni are the third and fourth of five schools in South Africa to receive a container library. As one of the NMF’s Mandela Day partners, we aim to contribute towards enriching the lives of children, by the enhancing of learning through literacy and education in South African communities.
“Established in 2007, the Cotton On Foundation believes education and opportunity hold the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and aims to build healthy and sustainable futures for communities in need, across the globe,” said Cotton On Foundation General Manager, Tim Diamond.
The Mandela Library Program is in line with our education focus, and provides libraries made from shipping containers to schools in need across South Africa, giving children access to books and a safe learning environment.
Thanks to the incredible support of our team and customers, together we’ve contributed to the South African National Development Plan’s (NDP) call to improve on the levels of literacy and education.
“We are honoured at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to be working with such a dynamic, unique and inspiring organisation that shares our values and beliefs. Together we will have a huge impact and create positive change for the people of South Africa, every day,” said Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sello Hatang.
We’re also currently partners in a book drive to collect second-hand children’s books for the Mandela Day Literacy for Leadership Project 2015. Collection bins have been placed at a number of Cotton On Superstores in South Africa.
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