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Angeline, our inspiring library project manager

Here’s a brief introduction to Angeline, Education without Borders’ and Fezeka School’s project manager. Angeline hails from France, but like many a visitor, she has fallen in love with South Africa and in particular Cape Town. Here she talks a bit about herself and her interest in South Africa.

I grew up in a rural area in the east of France, in a village of 400 people. I felt I had to leave this place because of a lack of arts. I went to a town to study literature, didactics, theatre and culture management at the university. While doing theatre, which, with photography, is probably my main passion, I was the manager of a theatre company and got involved in Event Management, notably for Chahuts, a spoken word festival in Bordeaux, where I lived for 6 years.

I took pleasure working in the educational field at the same time, teaching French as a Second Language, working in a high-school or leading workshops for under eighteens in a prison. My major concern has always been around connecting people through art and knowledge activities.

My first experience with Education without Borders took place in 2010. I was volunteering on behalf of Arterial Network (a cultural pan African organization) when I got to help some learners with a theatre play at Fezeka Secondary School a couple of hours per week.

I was dazzled by these young people, by their determination and inventiveness, by their energy and capacities. I wanted to do something more for them. And, because I believe in the power of arts and knowledge in the construction of the human being, this current library project is really exciting to me. I know the potential it brings with it (I used to work for such a facility).

I trust that we will succeed in creating new ways of working with the teachers and the learners together, by means of this library, which meets a real need at Fezeka School. Moreover, I think that a library is more significant than only holding books at disposal: it acts to facilitate access to information and form a critical mind, and these are the keys in the battle against social, ethnic or gender determinisms, the essential conditions for life choice and freedom.

To conclude, I would say that I am one of those people who considers themselves an eternal student, always seeking to know better how this world works and to improve myself in relation to others: I hope, by passing on to the learners this taste for study and discovery, it will help them to satisfy their own curiosity.

Merci beaucoup Angeline and Phumza for your hard work and dedication! I look forward to hearing more about your experiences in Cape Town and at Fezeka School.

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