Future Nation Schools donate books to the value of R12.5 million

Co-founder of Future Nation Schools Sizwe Nxasana; chairperson of the Vincent Tshabalala Trust Paul Mashatile; and co-founder of Future Nation Schools Judy Dlamini.


The Future Nation Schools concluded Heritage Month with an extraordinary donation of books, valued at R12.5 million, to the Walter Sisulu University at their school Book Fair and Literary Festival on 30 September.

The books donated were handed over at the Future Nation Schools campus in Lyndhurst. The books cover a range of genres, including fiction, self-help, health, spirituality, history, poetry and encyclopaedias.

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Vice chancellor of Walter Sisulu University said, “The effect of this generous gift is immeasurable. It constitutes an entire library collection which will supplement our holdings across four campuses and will open fresh opportunities for our students to explore. Walter Sisulu University is most grateful for this kind gesture.”

Co-founder of the Future Nation Schools group Sizwe Nxasana said, “The aim of the Future Nation Schools Book Fair and Literary Festival is to showcase African literature, writers, poetry and arts. This feeds into the Future Nation Schools’ vision of spearheading the African education revolution through driving content that is relevant to the continent. We believe in ensuring all children experience the joy of reading, [which] is a vital aspect to developing enquiring minds in our youth and a knowledge of our African heritage.”

In addition to this donation, Future Nation Schools also donated a total of R120 000 towards bursaries and the purchase of books to five schools in Alexandra township who are part of the Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust, including Alexandra High School, KwaBhekilanga Secondary School, East Bank High School, Realogile Secondary School and Minerva Secondary School.

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Paul Mashatile, the chairperson of the Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust said, “We are truly grateful to Future Nation Schools for partnering with us in support of teaching and learning in Alexandra Township. We are also delighted that Future Nation Schools is donating money towards the bursaries and the purchase of books, which will encourage and inspire our young people.”

Mashatile added, “This donation will strengthen the work we are already doing as a trust to support the culture of reading by supplying schools in Alexandra with books that tell South African and African stories, our history and who we are as a people. We look forward to our continued partnership with Future Nation Schools for the benefit of learners from Alexandra.”


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By Andrei van Wyk

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