“I sincerely hope that we will be able to make a difference.” This is what the new director of Library Services on the Potchefstroom Campus, Ms Neli Kaunda, said when they donated eight computers to the Abraham Kriel Child and Youth Care Centre.
The donation is part of the library’s outreach programme to the community in order to promote access to information. “As university we have a passion for the well-being of our community, and in the digital era in which we live it is important for children to be exposed to that information.” Ms Louise Vos from the library said that this need had been identified after a visit to the children’s home, especially when they realised that there was only one computer per house available for learners. Each house on the premises has about 25 residents. Ms Daphne van Rensburg, head of the education programme at the children’s home, said that three years ago she had started to help the children to improve their schoolwork. “There are 220 learners who are in sixteen different schools in the city. There is already a major improvement in learners’ school performance. We focus mainly on reading, mathematics and languages.”
Van Rensburg said that the computers will definitely make a major difference in the lives of the children. “Computers are part of our future and it is important especially to school leavers, because it will help them to prepare for the future.” Mnr Lourens van Niekerk from Abraham Kriel said that everyone there has a passion for what they do, but that they also have to stay between certain boundaries, and that the data usage of every computer is very limited.
Mr Louw Venter from the library explained that quite a lot of educational programme content had been loaded onto each computer, which will make research for school assignments much easier without the need to find the information on the internet.
Kaunda also said that the library will make further donations of Afrikaans fiction books.
The library will soon make a similar donation to the Seiphemelo School in Ikageng.
On the left is the management staff of the Abraham Kriel Child and Youth Care Centre, Messrs Lourens van Niekerk, Christie Saayman and Ms Annelien Yzelle. On the right is the staff of the Ferdinand Postma Library, Mss Louise Vos and Neli Kaunda, and Messrs Louw Venter, Martin Nokoane and Sakhele Magodla.