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Sony helps S African mobile library project

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The South Africa Primary Education Support Initiative (SAPESI) has received support from Sony through the South Africa Mobile Library Project. Sony said this week it will support the South Africa Mobile Library Project through financial donations and children book donations collected at six Sony group companies.

The South African Mobile Library Project was started by the South African Department of Education and SAPESI to improve literacy levels in South Africa. In 2007, 19 mobile libraries visited 455 schools and in 2008 the number of mobile libraries increased to 35. The number of school visits is expected to increase to 900 this year.

Sony’s financial contributions will help SAPESI increase the number of books distributed in the nine indigenous South African languages, in an effort to preserve these languages. Books in these indigenous languages are scarce, so SAPESI is working to add books in these languages to the mobile libraries.

"The South Africa Mobile Library Project provides children with the opportunity to interact with a wide range of books, while the librarians that travel onboard the vehicles are also able to train teachers at the schools. This contributes to an improved quality of education for the children. The Sony group is the only company currently supporting this project, but I hope that many more will participate in the future," commented SAPESI Representative Tadashi Hasunuma.

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