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Bye-bye to illiteracy as communities in rural Ingome get mobile libraries

By Zwelakhe Shangase | 2010-11-22 07:07:31.0

ILLITERACY could be a thing of the past for the people of Ingome district in Umsinga in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

MEC for arts, culture, sport and recreation Weziwe Thusi announced that more than R4million had been used to buy four mobile libraries to service the region in an effort to bring education to the people.

For many Friday was an occasion to remember because they had never seen or even been in a library - while some had never read a book in their lives.

The mobile libraries are equipped with four new laptop computers with Internet to help with research.

Books covering various topics, from science fiction to technology and novels, have been purchased.

Some parents could not control their emotions as they admitted that this would assist in their children'seducation.

An elated Nojamela Dlamini, 68, who has never read a book in his life, said he would definitely visit the library.

"This is indeed a great step into development I admit we have other things we need, but investing in education is a good decision," he said.

Pupils from Siphakame Combined School said the libraries would change their lives for the better.

An elated Nqobile Langa, 13, a Grade 8 pupil, said she had never been in a library.

"I've always heard of them but never thought I would see one. I'm so happy because I can study and improve my reading."

Grade 10 pupil Siyabonga Sibiya, 17, said illiteracy was the biggest problem for many in their community.

"This is not going to eradicate illiteracy fully but it's a first step. It's a great feeling."

More than 5000 books, CDs, DVDs and educational toys have been stocked up in the libraries that also have data projectors and screens.