Help open the world of books to children in a Hartbeespoort settlement.
A library is in the making at the nursery school and homework centre in Refentse in Rietfontein and it needs bookshelves, paint for a fresh new look and books to stimulate small children and assist learners in their school work.
Sina Rabaji, the founder of the homework centre in Refentse, has a passion for children and started the homework centre four years ago after realising the struggles of learners in rural settlements. Many children struggle in school because they are left to their own devices when it comes to homework. Many don’t have supervision after school. I felt strongly that these children have to be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The homework centre has helped many learners improve their grades, and has fostered self-discipline when it comes to homework,” she says.
“However, due to a lack of funding to give tutors stipends, the homework centre is struggling. We have now opened a small make-shift library with books donated to us which has already helped learners and we would like to improve and enlarge it to assist more children in the community.”
Currently, the broken shelves are struggling to hold the books and the library needs new bookshelves, books, educational material and some paint to brighten it up. “It would be wonderful if we could also get sponsorship to compensate tutors to assist children with their studies. I believe in individual attention to address a child’s specific needs.”
The homework centre and library are situated on the Refentse Nursery School premises. The nursery school is also in need of a carport or similar shelter where toddlers can play. Their current jungle gym is also very old and will become a danger in the near future.
Anyone who would like to help open the world of books to children, or contribute material to the library, homework centre and nursery, can contact Sina at 0737179084.