The MEC of Education in the Free State, Tate Makgoe handed over a donation of 2 200 books from the Book Donation Campaign to the Bainsvlei Combined School yesterday.
The MEC took the opportunity to encourage the learners to continue to prioritise their education and congratulated the school on its achievements thus far. “The principal and the teachers who are here want to thank you very much for making the Free State proud. Bainsvlei is one of two farm schools that has managed to achieve 100 percent pass rate twice during my term. The only sustainable investment you can make for yourself is education," he said.
He urged parents and community members to encourage their children to read. Makgoe emphasised that there is a great need for learners to improve their literacy level in the province. The donation formed part of the departmental reading strategy to improve results.
The hand-over ceremony was suitably held on the same day that celebrates World Book and Copyright day; the MEC took a few minutes to read with some of the learners from the school to commemorate the day and to promote reading. World Book and Copyright day is celebrated annually and was established by UNESCO to promote reading and writing around the world.