By: Zongezile Matshoba
Many books have been written about Nelson Mandela, the former State President of South Africa, that these children will have to read as they grow up. These include the famous Long Walk to Freedom, Conversations with Myself, Mandela: The Authorised Biography, The World That Made Mandela, Nelson Mandela: A Life in Cartoons, and In the Words of Nelson Mandela, to name just a few. To keep his legacy, according to READ Educational Trust, we have to go back to basics, by teaching the learners to learn to read!
The Museum aims to make a significant contribution in order to ensure that farm school children are not deprived of the ability to read, and write. Unlike Mandela and other political prisoners who had to apply for a permision to go the library, these children will have corner libraries at arm's length for them to read, read, and read! This may one day result in reading clubs in these farm schools, initiatives that are mostly promoted by READ and Nal'ibali.