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  • Blomvlei Library,Hanover Park

    More information about the project

    The construction of Blomvlei Library was completed in August 2010, but the Librabry officially opened his doors for the students in April 2011.

    Background information Hanover Park

    Hanover Park on the Cape Flats is a barren place with double story hostel type accommondation with limited amenities, basic services and no meaningful green community spaces. This area suffers the consequences of high unemployment, drug, gang ang gun related crime and violence, affecting the people and children living in these communities. Facing the threat of violence and drug, the community of Hanover Park stands amongst the most vulnerable communities in South Africa.

    Library

    ‘Schools must become centers of community life’

    The school is the door to the future of this community. The learners of the school are the primary beneficiaries of the facility. We are looking at opening the facility to the broader community. The center will provide a place of safety, inspiration and education to the community.

    Programs who are implement in the library with the help of local NGO’s, such as our partnerships with Equal Education, includes:

    Literacy development
    Thinking skills
    Business Life skills
    Career Guidance and exposure to career opportunities

    Outcomes

    Facilities are to support a full programme of extra-curricular activities for the learners of Blomvlei Primary School, including: sport, recreation, arts and culture as well as academic support programmes.
    Facilities are to create a safe and inspiring home away from home environment.
    Facilities are to serve a broader community education function.
    The School Governing Body is to be empowered to manage the ongoing operation of the facility.
    Certain components of the centre are included because of their potential to generate income

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    Primary Beneficiaries

    The Learners of Blomvlei Primary School.

    Secondary Beneficiaries

    The learners from other schools in Hanover Park. The children and youth of Hanover Park – through the programmes offered at the center. Community groups benefiting children and youth through affordable access to the facilities. NPO’s benefiting children and youth through affordable facility / office hire at the center. The broader community through the programmes offered at the center and affordable access to the facilities.

    Future

    In the future we hope to complete Library with: a school hall with a stage and markings for multiple indoor sports; change room and toilets; catering kitchen; conference room; internet cafe; office space for community development organisations; library and media centre; educare creche; recycling centre; sports fields and hardcourt surfaces; seedling nursery and food garden.