Rural school library comes out tops

A rural school in Mpumalanga has been recognised for running the cleanest and most effective library in its educational region.

On Monday, Zamokuhle Combined School in Sibayeni village near the Swazi and Mozambican border was Rural school library comes out topsgiven five certificates for being the 2014 Best District Library of the Year in Ehlanzeni.

District head of the school library and information services project Sam Ndawo said a total of 1 760 schools in the province entered the School Library Competition last year and Zamokuhle was among the top eight schools in Mpumalanga.

“The school is in top eight out of the 1 760 schools that participated in the competition. I am proud to announce that the school is doing well in terms of running a clean, organised library. The packaging is very amazing; I always talk about this school wherever I go or do presentations because it makes us proud,” said Ndawo.

Ndawo challenged the school to focus on reading about skin cancer this year.

“This financial year we want to teach our community about skin cancer issues and how to stay away from being affected by it or how to prevent being affected by skin cancer. Next time when I come to visit this school, I want to see short stories, poems and coral verses about skin cancer,” Ndawo told the school management.

Deputy principal Lydia Ngwamba attributed their success to the school’s stuff members, especially those working at the library.

“Our school patron donated this library and books to us, but it was not functional until in 2012 when these four beautiful ladies Teresa Malaza, Siphiwe Mashele, Ivy van Tonder and Mumsy Khoza were employed to run the library. We have been winning awards since then,” Ngwamba said.

Malaza, the school’s library caretaker, was also named the 2014 Best Librarian Teacher.

“Without these other educators we would not be where we are today. Your daily motivation makes me to think more creatively about this library and I also thank God for revealing things that can help our community through this library,” said Malaza.

Mashele, 2014 Best Supporting Librarian Teacher, expressed gratitude for the recognition.

Speaking on behalf of pupils, Eulanda Matukane, who was named the Most Frequent User of a Library, said she’ll keep her certificate on her wall at home.

“I will continue helping other pupils who are struggling on how to use the library and where to get the books they want to read,” she said.