This #MandelaMonth, the National Reading Coalition (NRC)

launched a book drive activation by donating to 10 schools, ‘mini

library on wheels’ filled with 300 Home Languages and 50 English

Books across three provinces equipped with 300 indigenous

languages and 50 English books.

The initiative is designed to leverage off the celebrations and grow

the #ReadingRevolutionby addressing the reading challenge

through providing NRC selected schools access to age – appropriate books. This also addresses one of the value chain areas of the

coalition – Access To Relevant Reading Material.

The first stop, in the 2 -week activation was Ditheku Primary

School on Mandela Day, in Marapong, Lephalale. The school has

1 385 learners, although established in 2012, has a shortage of

Sepedi reading material which will be partly addressed by the

library on wheels donated by the NRC.

Through a collaboration with Siyafunda – Donate a Book, a reading

NGO based in Gauteng, “library on wheels” were built using

industrial bins and added book shelves.

This activation was received well by learners, teachers and the

Principal Mpho Francina expressed her gratitude and said “This

means so much to our school. All reading material provided by the

coalition will help us better equip our learners to become better


Our next stop in growing the #ReadingRevolution is

N’wa – Xindzhele Primary School located in Dan, Nkowankowa,


Follow us on Twitter @THE_NECT for more information on our #MandelaMonthactivation.