Close to 70 children last week took part in Parow library’s holiday programme, which will run until Thursday July 20.
Children’s librarian Mark Sinclair said the programme is being run in conjunction with Outreach Ambassadors; an organisation started by husband and wife team Anthea and Joshua Manewil in Mitchell’s Plain in 2004.
Mr Manewil, who also works for the provincial traffic department, said he approached the library three weeks ago to host a safety talk.
“I used to run these safety talks at over 70 schools in Mitchell’s Plain. “When I moved into Parow four years ago I noticed that drug peddling and gangsterism were widespread. Today I endeavoured to make children aware of the dangers out there especially when they walk to and from school.”
Mr Sinclair said the programme entails a morning fitness session; come and play activities; an excursion to the Coke factory and Ostrich Farm as well as winter craft activities and a movie day among others.
“I am very passionate about teaching children how to read. We also try and teach them to be bilingual by teaching them how to read in Afrikaans,” he said.
To learn more about the programme call 021 444 0940.