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The Imperial & Motus Community Trust opened its 62nd library at Qhoweng Primary school in Sedibeng, South of Johannesburg, on 26 July 2022, as part of its ongoing Library & Literacy Programme. Imperial has been a key sponsor of this programme for many years, in support of the Trust’s aim to not only build physical libraries, but to focus on developing literacy and reading skills through a comprehensive literacy intervention initiative.
The latest library in this programme is equipped with 10,000 barcoded library books, teaching aids, sports equipment, charts, board games, computers and computer-based programmes, a projector with built in programmes, a white board, desks and chairs, carpeted reading areas, two reading rooms and a trained librarian assistant.
Qhoweng Primary school is the 21st school to receive a library in the Sedibeng West District and will serve 1,002 learners from Grade R to Grade 7. Most of these state-of-the-art libraries are established in ‘no-fee’ schools in the South of Johannesburg.
What started out as a programme to improve the mathematics and science outcomes of learners in township schools, has quickly changed into a comprehensive programme that addresses grass roots level skills and provides the necessary learning environment and tools to promote healthy educational development.
The Imperial & Motus Community Trust has grown substantially over the past 11 years, employing over 65 employees and to-date has positively impacted over 72,000 learners and their teachers through formal reading lessons that include access to leisure reading and research, while providing educators with a customised store of teaching resources.
Programmes like this not only support the immediate school-going community but critically feed into the larger youth development and job creation agenda in South Africa.