Cato Crest Primary School is situated in the informal settlement of Cato Manor. A large, empty classroom in need of refurbishing was gutted and transformed into a beautiful Intersen library and all 16 Foundation Phase classrooms received a book corner, proudly sponsored by the AES Charitable Trust.
The official handover on 18 September 2018 was filmed by SABC and was a celebration showcasing the school’s cultural and creative flair through a kaleidoscope of singing, drumming, traditional and gumboot dancing.
Transformation takes teamwork
All 45 teachers and the principal attended a book covering session as well as a library training workshop on Tuesday 22 August 2017. Mrs Mbali Mkhize was trained as the librarian and library monitors were empowered and motivated. Certificates and badges were handed out. Teachers were also trained by Dr Jill and Dennis Jenkins on the Worldwide Access To Literacy Program. On top of the books donated by donor schools, R10 000 worth of books was donated by DGHS who won the BDO Literacy Quiz and additional books were donated by FNB who sponsored new non-fiction books to the value of R10 000. Plastic for all books was generously sponsored by Terrapin Book Covers and LEARN volunteers and teachers from the school assisted us in the set up of this library.
”“I commend The LEARN Project for all the work that they do in uplifting poor communities with the greatest weapon that no one can take away – the ability to read and write.”
— MR Q.J. NTOMBELA, PRINCIPAL
A picture speaks a thousand words
From start to completion, this is Cato Crests’ transformation story.