Tackling literacy with The Bookery in Soweto

Soweto gets a new library

Expanding our partnership with The Bookery means that more than 1228 learners and 39 educators at Diepdale Secondary School in Soweto will now have a well-stocked library for the first time. This is the 95th library that The Bookery has launched and our third literacy initiative with The Bookery.

Staff participation

The initiative was driven by Jean Nasser and Divasha Anthony after hearing about the library we launched at Arcadia Primary School in Bonteheuwel last year. Ten staff members from our Johannesburg office attended the launch on Friday, 20th October 2023. It was a special moment for staff, who are from the community, when they were called upon to cut the ribbon.

The Bookery logo

The Bookery background

The Bookery, a non-profit organisation, creates well-stocked and well-run libraries in under-resourced public schools in South Africa, stocking up shelves with age-appropriate books and training unemployed youth from the school community as library assistants to manage the library and ensure its sustainability.

The Bookery - Gamka-Oos Primary

The impact of The Bookery

Libraries launched
Libraries launched


School libraries set up in South Africa since 2010
Learners supported
Learners supported

94 500

Number of learners reached for the first time
Books distributed
Books distributed

365 500

Books distributed in South Africa
Last updated: February, 2024