A joint project of the University of the Free State, Old Mutual and the Free State Department of Education to donate books to various schools in Bloemfontein has been very successful as they were able to reach their target of 30 schools. The joint project was set up by the UFS’s Social Responsibility Programme Team under the leadership of Thandeka Mosholi.
Mosholi explained that she has been working with the author, Zubeida Jaffer, who has made a contribution by donating books. She stated that having this ceremony in September is perfect because it is Heritage Month and a great time for learners to educate themselves about the history of the country. “We want to give learners access to these books so that they can be informed and also be motivated to work harder.”
She said one of their objectives is to have unprivileged learners reach their goals, irrespective of the background they come from. Mosholi added that she strongly believes it is only through education that one can acquire success.
Principal of the UFS’s South Campus, Dr Marinkie Madiope, shared Mosholi’s belief about education enabling learners to reach greater heights. Dr Madiope also regards giving learner’s access to these books as very important as it will provide them with more knowledge. She explained that learners have to start reading from a very young age as this would expand their vocabulary.
Author Jaffer told Bloemfontein Courant that a discussion with her daughter motivated her to start Number 10 Publishers, which has enabled them to collect all the books she had written from different publishers. Number 10 Publishers’ mission is “to find and spread words to inspire, motivate, heal and dignify.