SAPESI believes that the provisioning of additional learning tools, namely mobile libraries, is an investment in the future of South Africa. We are convinced that reading is the basis of all learning and that the books taken to schools by mobile libraries will serve as an strong tool to improve literacy. SAPESI aims, by 2025, to have donated 100 buses that will service 2 500 schools. This will mean that there is at least one Mobile Library in operation in each of the 96 education districts across South Africa.
SAPESI’s aims align with the Department of Basic Education’s vision (National Guidelines for School Library and Information Services. March 2012) namely that schools will have well resourced and functioning school library and information services, which will contribute towards ensuring that all learners and teachers are information literate and independent lifelong learners and readers.
The guidelines promote various models of school libraries, one of which is the Mobile Library, operating from a central library/depot. The document promotes the mobile library service as useful, especially in rural schools, when there is a lack of organisational capacity and a lack of space to establish a proper library. Furthermore, the mobile library service, organised by professional library staff members, can assist the teachers in guiding learners to become information literate and develop the reading habit.