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Equal Education

The Book Lounge is very proud to work in partnership with Equal Education and The Bookery.

Equal Education

Equal Education is a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education, through analysis and activism.

EE is a community and membership-based organisation. It advocates for quality and equality in the South African education system and engages in evidence-based activism for improving the nation’s schools. It is a leader in youth leadership development. EE’s campaigns, based on detailed research and policy analysis, are aimed at achieving quality education for all.
They promote the rights to equality and education, with the firm belief that these will enable the poor and working classes to an equal opportunity in life.

The Bookery

On 1 March 2010, as part of Equal Education’s (EE) ‘Campaign for School Libraries’, a new project was launched at 20 Roeland Street, Cape Town: ‘The Bookery- Home of the Equal Education Book Drive’. The Bookery is a depot where books suitable for either primary or secondary school learners can be donated. With the help of a committed team of volunteers, donated book that are up-to-date and in good conditions all donations are sorted, shelved, covered, labelled and catalogued using the latest computer software.

The staff and volunteers use a 2 pronged approach. They actively identify schools which would benefit from the Bookery Project as well as have an open application process. All schools considered have two basic elements: an existing formal structure which will be used exclusively for the purposes of a library (i.e. it must fall into the 13% of public schools in South Africa with an existing library space but no books); and a member of staff committed to taking on the role of librarian. During the collection process, The Bookery team works closely with the librarian-in-waiting, as well as learners and other educators from the school. Each library established by The Bookery contains a minimum of three books per learner, and caters to the needs and interests of the school’s readership through a comprehensive selection of fiction, non-fiction and reference works. The Bookery ensures that it contains a computer with the appropriate software, and that it is a warm and inviting space. For example, Mak1, one of South Africa’s most acclaimed graffiti artists, paints stunning murals in every EE library.

So far…

The Bookery has collated and installed -

Thembelihle Library

Lavendar Hill Library

Masiyile Library

Mount Pleasant Primary

Blomvlei Primary

Blossom Street Primary

Oscar Mpetha High

Sobambisana Primary School

St. Agnes Primary School

Kayamandi High School

Lwandle Primary School

They are currently working on collecting and cataloguing books for Matthew Goniwe High – to be opened during the Open Book Festival in September. Keep an eye on the website to see how you can get involved.

Working together

If you have seen the big yellow box in The Book Lounge – this is where we collect books from YOU for The Bookery. YOUR books are sorted and catalogued by The Bookery and go into a school library. By donating old (and new) books YOU are helping to educate and empower less fortunate learners – what a great feeling!

And if you are one of the many volunteers who have gone along to the Bookery to help cover books – you’ll know what a blast it was to do something to help. MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED PLEASE!


Help us to support Equal Education and The Bookery

For further information on how you can help/donate/get involved -

Equal Education – 021 387 0022 or info@equaleducation.org.za

The Bookery – 021 469 4189 or thebookery@equaleducation.org.za