Library Building Program
Libraries are portals to all of the world’s knowledge. Yet people in rural and poor communities are the least likely to have access to information and use it to their benefit to improve their daily lives. MER first began building libraries in 2012 in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a rural area where schools, funding, teachers, and resources are scarce. To date, five libraries have been installed: Ithongasi JSS, Mdatya JSS, Stanford SPS, Zamokuhle JSS and Ngcingo JSS. These libraries have been established in schools where the average class has 75 students.
The Matthew E. Russell Foundation views the installment of a library as a small seed for community growth. The goal of the Foundation is to support the establishment of libraries in under-developed, under-funded, urban townships and rural schools in order to increase student literacy levels, improve teaching methods, and build community support for education reform.
Finally, as we are passionate about these efforts producing a fruitful, continuing and lasting return, we place great importance in also providing the proper and age-appropriate textiles/materials in the libraries which are conducive to learning and inspiring literacy, overlooking no detail or aspect of the learning experience. We are committed to constructing libraries of excellence with skilled carpenters who have decades of experience. Each library is fully equipped with new and gently used books, reference materials, and new up to date technology such as e-readers, computers, printers and flat screen televisions to name a few.
The Matthew E. Russell Foundation has also provided the physical space for the library, paper books and and technology equipment. This project has brought a tremendous change for the schools selected and their communities. The Mattthew E. Russell Foundation is continually looking for ways to expand with new partnerships with individuals, institutions and businesses who support our efforts. To contact us on how you can help CLICK HERE.
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