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The Yeboneers, a youth development organisation, in partnership with the George Libraries conducted school holiday programmes at libraries in George, through indigenous games and story hour for the youth and children to assist them in spending their school holidays constructively.

YearBeyond, or YeBo, is a Youth Service partnership between the Western Cape Government, The Community Chest of the Western Cape, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and numerous NGOs. It aims to provide 18 to 25-year-olds with meaningful work experience and a pathway to further studies or work while at the same time encouraging a culture of active citizenship and volunteerism.

Fifty-five (55) Yeboneers are placed at nine (9) libraries in the George area. The nine libraries are: George, Conville, Pacaltsdorp, Thembalethu, Blanco, Touwsranten, Waboomskraal, Uniondale and Haarlem. Their main duties are to advocate reading and libraries as fun, recreational, educational, and cultural event, and places.

They are here to make sure that the literacy and numeracy skills of especially the young are addressed and improved (by the 2030 National Development Plan). They do this using the 1000 stories Library project.

The holiday programmes were also targeted at some creches for both, indigenous games, and the reading hour. The following are statistics of participation in the holiday programme from some of the libraries including creches.

Story Hours at Blanco Library

  • Moreson Creche 96
  • Golden Valley Creche 225
  • Born To Win Creche 156
  • Blanco Creche 344

Total= 725

The following are statistics of attendance of indigenous games for the past week:

  • Monday 60
  • Tuesday 53
  • Wednesday 54
  • Thursday 65
  • Friday 63

Total= 295 children

An overall Total = of 1020 children participated in the holiday programmes in Blanco.

In Waboomskraal, participation in the holiday programmes is as follows:

  • Franken Primary 179 children
  • Herold Primary 40 children

Total= 219 children

In Thembalethu, children participated in the holiday programmes as follows:

  • Thembalethu Primary School 1224
  • Tyolorha Primary School 104
  • Masizakhe Creche 36
  • Thandi’s Day Care 37
  • Ndiviwe Educare Creche 62
  • Monica Soup Kitchen 14

The holiday club was attended as follows, in Thembalethu in terms of day for indigenous games:

  • Monday 35
  • Tuesday 60
  • Wednesday 72
  • Friday 43