Facelift: project to improve dilapidated schools rolls out

2010-11-12 00:00

FORMAL suits and two-pieces will be replaced by overalls for KwaZulu-Natal Legislature speaker Neliswa Nkonyeni and a group of MPLs this weekend as they embark on an ambitious project aimed at giving a facelift to dilapidated schools throughout the province.

The project, which is an initiative launched by Nkonyeni earlier this year in a bid to encourage MPLs and members of the communities to do voluntary work in their areas, will this weekend be taken to Ugu district on the south coast and Bhambatha (uMsinga area) region in the midlands.

Known as PaintFest, the project was launched by Nkonyeni and education MEC Senzo Mchunu in Umkhanyakude in April. However it was interrupted by the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the extended public sector strike and the schools catch-up programme.

“If teaching and learning are taking place in dilapidated schools, that is affecting the morale and self-esteem of the learners,” Nkonyeni said.

She said the legislature has roped in the private sector, which will donate paints and brushes to be distributed to communities “so that they can also assist in improving the learning and teaching conditions in their schools”. The schools that will be painted are spread throughout the province.

The MECs and MPLs will be deployed to different districts where they will join local speakers, mayors, councillors and communities to paint schools that desperately need a facelift.

This project relies on donation mainly from the Independent Development Trust (IDT).

Tomorrow Nkonyeni and a group of MPLs will paint at Sizathina Primary School in Port Shepstone before moving to Olwandle High School in Gamalakhe.

On Sunday they will be at Bhambatha region’s Mhlakothi High School in uMsinga and then move to Maqhinga High School outside Kranskop.

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