Schools can help less privileged

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CITY schools are being offered the opportunity to support less privileged schoolchildren in rural South Africa, by donating unwanted maths, science or English text books, or reading books.

The book donation is part of the nationwide ‘Help a South African School’ project, set up in conjunction with the South African fruit industry and grower trade association, Hortgro Services. For every farm worker there are, on average, four dependents that rely on the fruit industry to provide education, housing, health and social care.

Schools wishing to donate some of their unwanted books should visit www.helpasouthafricanschool.co.uk by Friday 11th May. Once registered, they will receive a box for the book donation, which will be collected free of charge at the beginning of June.

Illiteracy is a big problem in South Africa and their schools are in desperate need of resources, particularly reading and text books – only 20% of South African schools have libraries.