The South Africa Mobile Library Book Donation in Singapore celebrates its 12th year with strong participation from schools
The South Africa Mobile Library Book Donation Project organized by the Sony Group of Companies in Singapore celebrates its 12th year in 2019, with a donation of 15,500 English language children’s books to South African children. Sony in Singapore started supporting this annual CSR project in 2008 and to-date, over 127,000 books donated. The success of the project in Singapore is due to the strong support from schools and the community, as well as Sony employees. The books will be shipped to Durban, South Africa in end December by Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE), which provides free transportation for all books collected by Sony companies globally.
Here in Singapore, we have been engaging the local community in this meaningful project by inviting them to donate books and this year, continue to see strong participation from the schools. Sony in Singapore would like to acknowledge the following schools for their involvement:
- Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
- Bukit Timah Primary School
- CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace
- Chua Chu Kang Primary School
- Dunman High School
- Global Indian International School, East Coast Campus
- Nan Hua Primary School
- Nanyang Primary School
- Naval Base Primary School
- Raffles Girls’ Primary School
- River Valley Primary School
- Rosyth School
- Yio Chu Kang Secondary School
(Clockwise from Top Left) Raffle Girls’ Primary School; Dunman High School; Chua Chu Kang Primary School; Nanyang Primary School; Anglo-Chinese School (Primary); River Valley Primary School; Bukit Timah Primary School; Yio Chu Kang Secondary School; Global Indian International School, East Coast Campus; and Naval Base Primary School
Besides collecting books, participating schools were also involved in sorting, tagging and packing the books. This provided students the opportunity for project management and teamwork. Some students created bookmarks with inspirational messages, which were inserted into the books for the South African children. This creates communication between students in both countries and lends a personal touch to the whole project.
Members of the public were invited to donate books at Sony Store, Nex. This year, we are also heartened by the book contribution from the National Library Board as part of their continuous support towards this meaningful cause.
Since the project’s inception in 2008, the mobile library services have been expanded to cover all nine provinces in South Africa, with more than 50 mobile libraries in operation, reaching out to approximately 850 schools mainly in rural areas. For more information on Sony’s support for this project, please visit: www.sony.net/library
Sony continues to engage the Singapore community for the South Africa Mobile Library Donation project
For the 12th consecutive year, Sony Group of Companies in Singapore is organising the 2019 South Africa Mobile Library Project (SAMLP) in a bid to help make a positive impact on the South African children’s education and future.
The books collected by Sony will be sent to South Africa where they will be transported in mobile libraries which visit local schools, providing students and teachers an opportunity to borrow the books. With more than 60 mobile libraries in operation across all nine provinces in South Africa, the books currently reach out to approximately 800 schools.
This year’s project in Singapore will be held from 26 October – 10 November 2019. Members of the public are invited to donate English-language children’s books at the Sony Store, NEX (#03-21, 23 Serangoon Central) between 11am and 9pm daily during the period:
- Good condition books that are suitable for children/youths 15 years old and below
- Please avoid donating encyclopedias, reference books, assessment books, text books or magazines
The SAMLP is one of the CSR programs supported by Sony, which has touched the lives of thousands of young African children, contributing to the improvement of literacy rates in the country. Over the last decade, Singapore continues to be the largest contributor among the participating countries, with over 114,000 books donated to-date.
For more information on Sony’s support for this project, please visit here.
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