Books for a brighter future

Left: Grade 2 pupils from the Glenwoods Primary School in Bokfontein with their books from the Tsosoloso Programme  for education.

Non-profit organisation Tsosoloso has adopted the Glenwoods Primary School in Bokfontein as part of its programme to improve education and literacy and hopes to expand this programme to more schools in the Hartbeespoort/Brits area next year.
“Most of the pupils attending Glenwoods come from disadvantaged families. Their parents are farm workers and they have very little access and exposure to educational resources. They also have very limited exposure to other environments beyond what they know and experience daily. We work with schools in farming and mining communities in Hartbeespoort/Brits surroundings in the North West province that are in desperate need of educational resources,” explains Boitshoko Phalatse, Executive Director of Tsosoloso.
This organisation’s mission is to provide long-term, effective and affordable learning materials to rural and underdeveloped communities. These materials are aimed at promoting literacy and motivating a reading culture, as well as preserving the diverse heritage of South Africa.
“We believe that learning does not stop in the classroom. Our vision is to utilise innovative educational materials to empower and build confidence in poorer communities to actively become part of our economic growth and contribute positively to our society. We also see this as an opportunity to improve on the existing lifestyle, enable advancement from a social aspect and reduce poverty.”
The focus of  Tsosoloso within the communities that it supports is early childhood development (ECD), adult basic education and training (ABET) and elementary schools, including public libraries. “We are constantly looking to partner with educational and social awareness groups to undertake meaningful research and outreach programmes that will bring sustainable benefits to the broader community in the medium to long-terms. We use free resources from organisations such as the Rotary Books for the World Club to distribute to the schools in need,” says Boitshoko.
The likelihood of pupils dropping out of school at a fundamental phase in their education process is very high. Tsosoloso wants to break the cycle and expose pupils to the world full of possibilities and empower them. “We encourage pupils to dream and follow their passion and purpose in life. We have a number of initiatives currently taking place, like our joint Literacy Project with the Rotary Books for the World initiative and the Christmas Backpack and Pencil Case Drive.”
More information is available from www.tsosoloso.com for more information or from Boitshoko at 083 554 0539.

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