The Sunflower

Learning Centre

What

The Sunflower Learning Centre is a shared library for Zonnebloem Girls’ and Boys’ Primary schools, established by the Otto Foundation in 2016.​ The Centre is run by a full-time library assistant who teach all grades in the Zonnebloem Girls’ and Boys’ Primary school a reading lesson every week. 

The Library is used to : 

  • Foster a culture of reading 

  • Develop learners’ research skills 

  • Offer a safe space for learners to spend time before and after school

  • Promote proudly local children's literature

Why

A library is more than just a room with books, it is a safe space to:

  • Support learning and literacy

  • Have stimulating, esteem-building conversations

  • Build self-reliance and social capital

How can you help us

  • Authors - get in touch to come and read your books to our learners, or to launch your new book in our library.

  • Publishers - let us know about new books that we could add to our catalogue. We are always looking for local titles to purchase.  

  • Other schools - visit us at the Sunflower Centre, or bring your older learners to come and read to our Foundation Phase classes. 

  • #WC Reading Champions and Inspiration partners - please share your ideas on how to promote a culture of reading, or visit our library to brainstorm ideas with our team.

  • All friends of the Sunflower Centre - reach out to us if you are able to co-ordinate a book donation drive or other fundraiser on our behalf. 

  • Literacy organisations - contact us to use the Sunflower Centre as a venue for your next gathering or training session. 

  • Donors - we are always looking for like-minded partners to help us finance the operational expenses of the library or to fund new book purchases. 

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 “The future of South Africa rests in the hands of our youth. We must support them, in every way we can,

to imagine a future with infinite possibilities, and equip them with the skills that they will need to build that future”.
 - Chris Otto -

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