Taking literacy products to rural South Africa

Madzusi M Masala, Project Manager, Mutshedzi Walk-in Centre interviewed by SABC2 at the Lunch of the UN Library Corner in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10 November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Madzusi M Masala, Project Manager, Mutshedzi Walk-in Centre interviewed by SABC2 at the Lunch of the UN Library Corner in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10 November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Residents of the remote township of Dzanani in Makhado in South Africa’s Limpopo Province recently got a boost, with the establishment of a new Resource Centre in their area. UNIC Pretoria visited the township to launch a new UN information corner.

Mutshedzi Foundation walk-in service resource centre hosted the event which was attended by various members of the community including school children and the media. Guests toured the Centre and viewed the display of 800 information products donated by the United Nations including publications, posters, text books, novels, audio and video material.

Hope Kabamba, UNIC Librarian explaining contents of the Basic Facts about the UN during the launch of the UN Corner in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10th November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Hope Kabamba, UNIC Librarian explaining contents of the Basic Facts about the UN during the launch of the UN Corner in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10th November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Hope Kabamba of the UNIC Library in Pretoria addressed the invited guests with messages about the importance of local libraries, and on UN’s mandate in South Africa. She explained the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they apply to South Africa’s development agenda.

The Dzanani Township has a population of about 7,000 people consisting of teachers and health practitioners, and self-employed people such as bricklayers, carpenters. However the majority are unemployed youth.

Mr. Mududuzi Masala, Project Manager at Mutshedzi Foundation said: “The new collection will add value to the Centre, an important resource and back up support to institutions of higher learning in Dzanani and surrounding communities.” He said that most people would depend on the centre for information.

Library users taking a tour in the centre and browsing UN information materials at Mutshedzi Walk-in Centre in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10th November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Library users taking a tour in the centre and browsing UN information materials at Mutshedzi Walk-in Centre in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10th November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

This initiative by the UN is set to give students and teachers from around the community access to the latest information, provide support and harness concrete ideas.

While in the region, the UNIC team also visited the Nkhuri Zamani Community Library in Mopani District to check the progress of a similar information corner which was established by UNIC in 2014. Librarian, Ms. Solani Norah Ngobeni said that the Centre had significantly increased the number of users to up to sixty- five a month. The trip to Limpopo ended with a visit to a local primary and high school where information on improved literacy, skills development and the role of the UN was shared.

Grade six and seven learners during a FUN Day session organized by Hope Kabamba at Zamani Primary school in Nkuri Village, Giyani on the 11 November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Grade six and seven learners during a FUN Day session organized by Hope Kabamba at Zamani Primary school in Nkuri Village, Giyani on the 11 November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria