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Higher Education in Africa to receive boost

South Africa, Ghana and Uganda stand to benefit from a US$30 million assistance over the next three years in a bid to strengthen higher education in Africa. The Carnegie Corporation of New York will foresee competitive training fellowships to academics and researchers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. According to Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie’s President, the grant will be channeled in IT for research, stocking of libraries and access to information and investing in next generations in Africa.

To read more go to Suleiman Mbatiah’s article on Newstime Africa, by Clicking Here!

Story writing exhibition at University of Pretoria’s Education Library

As part of Library Week Celebrations the Education Library of the University of Pretoria recently hosted an exhibition of Stories written and compiled by Early Childhood Education students in 2008. These stories were entered in a competition sponsored by Oxford University Press. The stories form part of a Story Reading Project which has run for a number of years as an innovation outcome of the Early Literacy Module in the Early Childhood Education Programme in the Faculty of Education, at University of Pretoria. picture-033

Dr Ina Joubert who heads up this project received an Education

Innovation award in 2006 for this project. The creativity of the students were really amazing and of the highest standard!


Sonja Delport and members of the library team at the Education library worked really hard to ensure that the exhibition was a great success.   



The exhibition was officially opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Irma Eloff on 18 March 2009 and ran till 27 March 2009. In her opening address for the exhibition the dean read a poem by Strickland Gillilan to emphasize the importance of reading to the little child:


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“You may have tangible wealth untold;

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be —

I had a mother who read to me.”


To see photos of the exhibition on Slideshare Click Here!


University of Pretoria joins World Digital Library Project

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services has joined the World Digital Library Project, making it one of the 27 institutions in the world and the only one in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to belong to this project.
Proposed in 2005 by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Digital Library project will make available on the Internet significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.
To read more Click Here!

For more information regarding the World Digital Library project, please visit http://www.worlddigitallibrary.org/project/english/index.html

UP Boekjol: Afrikaanse Skrywers Donderdag 6 Maart

10:00-11:00: Marieta Napierkamer, Hoofkampus: 

Joan Hambidge en Cas Vos lees voor. Joan het geen bekendstelling nodig nie – sy het meer as 20 digbundels gepubliseer, twee ernstige en drie satiriese romans, talle resensies en film- en reisrubrieke. Cas het vier digbundels op sy kerfstok; die jongste, Die afdruk van ons hande (2007), het baie gunstige resensies ontvang.  


10:00: Klubsaal, Hoofkampus: Baja Lingual:

Michiel Heyns, Henning Pieterse, Charl-Pierre Naudé, Jerry Mojalefa en Andries Wessels gesels oor vertaling vir ’n veeltalige gemeenskap.


11:00-12:00: Acacia, oorkant Burgundy’s, Hoofkampus:  Joan Hambidge – Rapier of Knuppel:

Corina van der Spoel gesels met haar oor haar werk in ’n gesprek getitel “Rapier of knuppel”.


11:00-12:00:  Marieta Napierkamer, Hoofkampus: Dolf van Niekerk

Dolf van Niekerk, bekende roman- en radiodramaskrywer en digter, gesels tussen 11:00-12:00 met Rina Thom oor sy skeppende werk. Dolf se onlangse digbundel, Nag op ’n kaal plein, is uiters positief deur kritici en lesers ontvang. 


12:00-14:00: Marieta Napierkamer, Hoofkampus

’n oopmikrofoonsessie, gelei deur Leti Kleyn. Die voorlesings word afgeskop deur die bekende Andries (Roof) Bezuidenhout, voormalige voorman van die Brixton Moord en Roof-Orkes. Andries se debuutdigbundel, Retoer, het pas verskyn. Enige digter is welkom om tydens hierdie sessie te kom voorlees in enige taal. 


12:00-13:00: Klubsaal, Hoofkampus:

Ingrid de Kok, Henning Pieterse, Jerry Mojalefa, Mandla Maphumulo en Buti Skhosana gesels tydens die sessie “Gedigte nogmaals in gesprek” oor die vertalingsproses wat hulle met mekaar se gedigte ervaar het. Gedigte is in en vanuit Engels, Afrikaans, Sepedi, IsiNdebele en IsiZulu vertaal.  


15:00: Protea, Hoofkampu: Piet Haasbroek gesels met Tommy Fenyes. Piet is ’n bekende kortverhaal-en romanskrywer en sy laaste roman, Oemkontoe van die nasie, het groot opslae gemaak. 

UP Bookjol: Some English Presentations Thursday 6 march

1. Darryl Accone, author of All under Heaven, the fascinating saga of his family, talks to Karen Harris

Acacia (opposite Burgundy’s), Main Campus: 14:00


2. Shimmer Chimodya (Winner of the Noma Award for African Writing 2007) talks about writing in Zimbabwe and his novel Strife

Club Hall, Main Campus: 16:00


3. Fred Khumalo, author of Touch my Blood, Bitches’ Brew and Seven Steps to Heaven, talks to Leon de Kock about his larger than life characters, and his writing of a Jacob Zuma biography

Club Hall, Main Campus: 17:30

UP BOOKJOL: Lifelines: Highlight Thursday 6 March

LIFELINES…. a visual poetry presentation involving large scale images by Julia Skeen projected onto a screen and poems and music about the animals composed and performed by Chris Mann.

Aula: Thursday 6 March: 12:00, and Saturday 8 March 11:00

UP Bookjol to celebrate University of Pretoria Centenary

From 5-8 March 2008 the University of Pretoria Libraries will host a Bookjol: four days of reading pleasure at the Hatfield Campus!  

  • Well known English writers will take part in the programme:  Sindiwe Magona, Michiel Heyns, Peter Horn, Darryl Accone, Fred Khumalo, Chris Mann, Sally-Ann Murray, Kobus Moolman, Ingrid de Kok, Anton Krueger, David Medalie, Chris Walton and Chris van Wyk. Shimmer Chinodya, winner of the Noma award, is from Zimbabwe.

  • The participating  Afrikaans writers  are alumni of the university:  Joan Hambidge, Hans du Plessis, Johann Lodewyk Marais, Piet Haasbroek, Dolf van Niekerk, PG du Plessis, Jeanette Ferreira, Cas Vos, Helene de Kock, Henning Pieterse and Charl-Pierre Naudé.

  • The African languages are represented by Jerry Mojalefa (Sepedi), Buti Skhosana (Ndebele), Mandla Maphumulo (isiZulu) and Vanoni Bila (Tshivenda).

  • Publishers and booksellers will exhibit and sell books in the Rautenbach Hall.

  • Twenty+  international publishers will introduce us to their latest  e-books. On Friday 7 March this phenomenon and its influence will be explored during a one day symposium. 

  • TUKSbooks  which have been written by UP staff, students and alumni will be exhibited in the Villa Museum. This exhibition will be accompanied by the UniverCity series: informal talks by local experts about their fascinating work.

  • Young readers are particularly welcome. Every day will have a  kids/youth programme. On Thursday 6 March 600 learners from schools in Pretoria will be our guests. Well known writers of youth literature, Anzil Kulsen, Sarah Britten, Nokutula Mazibuko, Fanie Viljoen, Jaco Jacobs, Carina Diedericks-Hugo and Helen Brain will be assisted by puppets and storybook characters. 

  • The  opening function will be on 5 March, 19:00.  Dr Mathews Phosa, poet and senior politician will be the guest speaker. Two well known awards for youth literature will be made, followed by a production by the Departement of Drama. Send a message to bookjol@up.ac.za if you want to want to attend. Entrance is free.

  • Concerts by the university choirs and orchestra, street musicians and art exhibitions will add to the festivities.