South African Library for the Blind’s Outreach Programme
On March 23rd, Patricia Magabie and Vuyokazi Mandongana for the South African Library for the Blind (SALB) visited the Tshimologo Community Learning Centre in, Thaba Nchu, Free State.
This formed part of the ongoing outreach programme run by the SALB to assist centre’s for the blind and visually impaired with training and to educate them on the services that are available.
“We felt aligning this outreach programme to the Library Week was a good thing to do as we used the opportunity to emphasize the importance of reading and using the library” Said Vuyokazi.
“We delivered a presentation to a group of about 40 blind and visually impaired individuals”. Tshimologo is a Community Learning Centre that provides Braille training to blind people, mostly those who lost their eyesight at a later stage in their lives. According to the principal of the centre Mr Julian Seotlela, the centre has been in existence since 2000 and they still struggle to get sponsors and their centre struggles with basic services like electricity.
He was therefore grateful with our visit and promised to take it upon himself to encourage his learners to enrol with SALB and encourage them to adopt the culture of reading.
The response received from the centre was very positive with about 25 people interested in signing up as members.