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March 2014 - Primary School students learn to love books this Library Week

Soweto, Johannesburg: Mlungisi Kruger from Tshepisong Primary School and Samuel Ndlovu from Bramfisherville Primary School in Soweto smiled brightly after receiving a Collect-a-Can hamper each and books to the value of R5,000 for their schools. These learners won Collect-a-Can’s reading and writing competition as part of celebrating annual South African Library Week. They recited poems they had written about recycling and the importance of reading.

“Reading helps people to tap into their imagination and bring to life things they never would have imagined before,” Mlungisi Kruger, a Grade Four learner at Tshepisong Primary School.
Used can recovery company, Collect-a-Can, partnered with the City of Johannesburg and its libraries to host educational events during South African Library Week from 17 to 20 March 2014.
South African Library Week is celebrated annually as part of Human Rights week and aims to educate our children about how libraries are making the right to freedom of access to information a reality.

Each day, Grade Four learners from five local primary schools where transported to libraries in their communities to educate them about the facilities libraries have to offer and to encourage the learners to read more.

The week reached its peak on 20 March 2013 when as all participating schools gathered at Tshepisong Library in Soweto to compete for reading glory as learners recited poems they had written about recycling and the importance of reading.

Mlungisi Kruger from Tshepisong Primary School and Samuel Ndlovu from Braamfisherville Primary School were awarded a Collect-a-Can hamper each and books to the value of R5,000 for their schools.

“Through this initiative we aim to make a lasting difference by encouraging children to read and emphasizing how continuous reading will have a positive impact on them later in life,” says Zimasa Velaphi, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Collect-a-Can. “Reading is a fundamental tool, especially for children at a young age, as it creates knowledge, helps exercise their brains, and improve their concentration.”

Spur, South African restaurant chain, a partner since 2013 again got involved in the initiative by sponsoring lunch for all participating children throughout the week, and Pritt sponsored stationery for the learners to further encourage fun through learning.

“We are excited about this initiative and about getting our children to read,” says Bongiwe Nkabinde, Assistant Director of Library and Information Services Region C from the City of Johannesburg. “Books take you all over the world and through it learners can experience places and things they would never have imagined, and it is freely accessibly at local libraries.”

To find out more about Collect-a-Can and their activities visit Collect-a-Can’s website www.collectacan.co.za or contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook, Twitter.

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