The Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library is a community library located in the Matabeleland South Province of Zimbabwe. The library was first opened to the public in 1992 and has been supported with Book Aid International book donations since the late 1990s. It does much more than lend books- activities for children at the library include story-telling, reading aloud, games, drama and poetry, along with computer lessons for adults.
The library also runs a long-standing book box scheme serving 27 rural primary schools and has a ‘study circle’ programme providing information to support group activities on subjects such as vegetable gardening and nutrition.
Hlomphang Pangeti, Librarian at the Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library told us about one boy whose life had been affected by the library:
“A young man called Zwelani Ngwenya started using this library at the tender age of 6 and in 2007 when he was doing his Ordinary level he was able to register for some subjects which were not taught at his school because he could read on his own using books from the library. He wrote 14 subjects, passed all with 11 As, 2 Bs and 1 C. This was at a time when the education system in Zimbabwe was affected by a lack of teachers, equipment and books. With his good results he got sponsorship from Econet Wireless to further his studies at an International University in Swaziland.”