Local firms collaborate on projects for schools

2008-12-02 00:00

Several local schools have benefited from a new model of corporate social investment (CSI) that was rapidly implemented in only a few months, meeting some of the needs of the participating schools and providing professional development opportunities for teachers.

The initiative, called the Small Projects Imbizo, was launched by Schooltrade, a local Adopt a School network, in a joint venture with the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB).

Five months ago, several schools gave formal presentations about their needs to a number of local businesses.

The schools were asked to identify a project under R10 000 that would make a big difference to teaching and learning at their school, said Colin McKay, Schooltrade project manager.

The schools and businesses met at the PCB recently to review progress.

The venture shows that people can work collaboratively on a small project; no one has to bear the burden alone, McKay said.

Several needs were met, including a pedestrian bridge near a school, a computer education intervention, support for a feeding scheme and the sponsorship of educational games.

The primary schools are Ashdown, Funulwazi, Iwahlanga, Qhamukile, Fezokuhle, Vezokuhle, Zwartkop and uMsilinga.

The businesses are Willowton Oil, Venetian Blind Centre, Bostitch Allan Bros, Clifford Welding Systems, Shuter & Shooter, Scotty’s Plant Hire, The Wykeham Collegiate, St Nicholas Diocesan School, Christies Heating and Cooling, DMC Electrical, Farouk Mullah & Associates and Lakay Management Consultants.

kavith@witness.co.za

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