It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it – Madiba

In honour of Nelson Mandela Day on Thursday, 18 July 2019, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) will ‘adopt’ a local primary school, Groenberg Primêr, and support it for a year in practical and fun ways.

This initiative is in line with the day’s goal to inspire individuals to turn the world into a better place by giving 67 minutes of their time to make a difference in someone’s life. According to ATM director Michael Jonas, the project is part of the institution’s mission to serve the immediate community and promote social cohesion. “The institution has already made an assessment of the school’s needs, so we will hand out hot meals, stationery, school bags and toiletries on Mandela Day,” he says.

“We will also launch a year-long reading project to promote a love for specifically Afrikaans books amongst the learners,” Jonas adds. “Furthermore, we will plant trees to provide shade and beautify the school grounds.” At the end of the year, the ATM will transport learners to the monument and museum to visit this iconic institution and meet Father Christmas, with gifts for them.

To make this year’s Mandela Day extra special for the children, residents and interested parties are invited to also make a contribution. In the run-up to the day, donations of non-perishable food, stationery, toiletries and books can be dropped off at the Taalmuseum in Pastorie Avenue, Paarl, until 11 July 2019, after which it will be distributed among the learners.

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