Today's reader, tomorrow's leader.

Huawei is on a drive to address South Africa’s literacy crisis to provide more opportunities for learners in underprivileged areas.

“One of the most serious issues we face in this country is that learners from primary to high school are struggling to read.  For example, a 2016 study showed that 78% of South African children in Grade 4, i.e. around the ages of 9 or 10, can’t understand what they read in any language,” says Likun Zhao, Vice President of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Middle East & Africa.

“We need to create a culture of reading in South Africa, as this skill is key for success in life. In order to uplift vulnerable communities, Huawei, in partnership with 947 is embarking on a journey to assist those affected by this literacy crisis. Although our primary mission is to bring technology to communities and individuals, we also want to uplift those in need by providing basic necessities such as a library,” continues Zhao.

947 station manager, Thando Makhunga added “As a station 947 embraces opportunities to give back to our community and we’re excited to encourage the culture of reading and learning with the support of our partners at Huawei.”

With its “Today’s Readers, Tomorrow’s Leaders” initiative, Huawei aims to build libraries at various underprivileged schools in different regions. The first beneficiary is Lehwelereng Secondary School in Hamanskraal.  Their new library will be opened in January 2020.

“Huawei is very proud to be part of something that will tackle South Africa’s literacy crisis. We are asking the people of South Africa to help us build a culture of reading at Lehwelereng Secondary School by donating money towards filling up their new library with books. From 2 to 13 December, our goal is to raise R400 000 to purchase books for the Lehwelereng Secondary School’s library. We know that South Africa will rise to the occasion and help us in assisting this underprivileged school,” concludes Zhao.

How can you help?

Help the learners of Lehwelereng Secondary School in Hammanskraal READ TO LEAD by filling up their new library with books.

SMS “BOOKS” to 42246 to donate R30. SMS’s are charged at R30 and free SMS’s do not apply OR you can SMS “Read2Lead” and the amount you wish to pledge to 32946 and 947 will contact you back.

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