This is the second in a series of posts about our recent tea educational to South Africa. Read the first part here.
The Minister and Ambassadors concluded the 2010 Tea Educational with a visit to a Room to Read children’s library, built by The Republic of Tea, at the Chumani Primary School, outside of East London, South Africa.
In 2009 The Republic of Tea launched a collection of tea for children — Little Citizens’ Herb Teas, made from organic South African Rooibos. Created with the purpose of supporting Room to Read, The Republic of Tea donates $1 to the organization from every tin of Little Citizens’ Herb Tea sold. Read more about our partnership here.
The monies generated during the first year sales of Little Citizens’ Herb Tea funded the children’s library at the Chumani Primary School outside of East London, South Africa, an additional library in South Africa and four libraries in Sri Lanka.
As part of the annual tea educational, Ministers and Ambassadors visited the school and toured the library their collective efforts helped to build. The opportunity to meet the teachers, parent volunteers and the students, with their quick minds, appreciation of books and love of learning, was considered a trip highlight.
The school visit is best summed up by Tammie Cooper, Minister of Culture:
Teachers, students and parent volunteers were excited and proud to show us inside the library. Once inside, I was surprised at the amount of books they were so proud to show us — a relatively small amount by American school library standards. My children grew up with at least as many books in their bedrooms and this was the supply for 200 students! When I was thanked and told ‘bless you’ by one of the teachers, it was a remarkable, humbling experience.