Learners at an under-resourced rural school and attendees of the Islamic Dawah Movement’s Musjid and Islamic Community Centre at Mabheleni on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast are set to benefit from a new fully-fitted and stocked library, the result of a donation by the South African Muslim Charitable Trust (SAMCT).
The R300000 library was unveiled during a recent remote hand-over ceremony, during which SAMCT representative, Gaf Osman, said: “The new facility perfectly complements the centre’s existing activities and is an invaluable extension of services within an otherwise seriously under-resourced rural community.”
The Islamic Dawah Movement (IDM) has, since inception in 1977, grown to become one of the largest Dawah organisations in South and Southern Africa, responsible for education and training, skills development, capacity-building, research, publications and literature, dawah and religious activities, welfare and relief.
Osman stressed the need for social development and education in historically disadvantaged and, especially, rural regions of KwaZulu-Natal.
“A sound education is critical to the development and success of our people and the foundation of education is to be found in books, and the ability to resource and understand those books as a means of gaining knowledge; knowledge which is so vital to becoming a contributing individual in this country’s economy,” he added.
The SAMCT was created in 2008 to provide funding, services and other resources for improving the lives of the vulnerable, deprived and disadvantaged.