South African Children Push for Better Schools –

South Africa schoolchildren marched to City Hall in Cape Town this week to press for libraries and librarians at their schools. Education lags in the country. (Pieter Bauermeister for The New York Times)

Published: September 24, 2009

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Thousands of children marched to City Hall this week in sensible black shoes, a stream of boys and girls from township schools across this seaside city that extended for blocks, passing in a blur of pleated skirts, blazers and rep ties. Their polite demand: Give us libraries and librarians.

“We want more information and knowledge,” said a ninth grader, Abongile Ndesi…continue reading…

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