“There are many little ways to enlarge a child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
– Jacqueline Kennedy
In the heart of Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg, lies Realogile High School. Having grown up in low income environments, the learners may not have always been given the opportunity to widen their horizons, but with a book in hand and a mind willing to explore the impossible, Realogile is now able to proudly say that their learners’ worlds have grown!
An initiative that was born in 2017, the new and fully furnished library that was sponsored by the Adamjee Foundation had the learners and staff of Realogile ecstatic. On the 14th of February 2017, the school hosted the official opening to the new facility value at approximately R250 000. Patrons were warmly welcomed by the harmonious chants and songs that were sung in honour of the Adamjee Foundation. Principal Edward Magasane expressed his gratitude to the Foundation for their support to the school over the years and hoped for future collaborations in enriching the lives of Realogile High’s students.
In an effort to continuously assist and contribute to the academic development of learners the Adamjee Foundation ensured that the new library was outfitted with laptops, internet access, cosy corners to enjoy a book, and tables and chairs to allow learners to work in the library. Above and beyond the equipment and furniture, the Adamjee Foundation appointed a new library manager, who was equally ecstatic and grateful for her position, knowing how much this reading center would benefit the students and become an educational aid for the teachers. The librarian is remunerated each month by the Adamjee Foundation for her efforts.
To mark this momentous occasion, the grand opening was administered by Sahair Banu Ismail Adamjee, a senior member of the Adamjee Foundation who had the privilege of conducting the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Accompanying her, was Muneer and Huzaifah Adamjee who were both deeply touched to witness the materialization of this project and appreciation with which it was received.
When entering the all new and exclusive library at Realogile High, a gold plaque can be seen sporting the names of the sponsors and their beneficiaries: the children of Alex! With this mind-set and continuous desire to empower those around them, The Adamjee Foundation believes that this library serves as a bonding mechanisms between two communities and a means of enriching not just the lives but the minds of children in Alex. Together, we can give children of today the means and skills to become the leaders of tomorrow; one book at a time.