Bright learner returns with the goodies

2017-09-28 06:00
Principal Mongezi Tshikila, Nombasa Teti, 30, and Xoliswa Mexico, the deputy principal, teachers and learners during the handover of the school bags, on Tuesday, at Soyisile Primary School, Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Principal Mongezi Tshikila, Nombasa Teti, 30, and Xoliswa Mexico, the deputy principal, teachers and learners during the handover of the school bags, on Tuesday, at Soyisile Primary School, Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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It was a life changing moment for the learners of Soyisile Primary School in Khayelitsha when they received a donation of school bags on Tuesday, courtesy of a former learner.

Nombasa Teti, 30, a former learner and now an electrician at Paarl Hospital, is the alumni with the benevolent heart.

Teti, who donated about 20 school bags, said she was touched when she spotted a learner carrying books in a plastic bag on a rainy day recently.

“I developed an idea of making the donation after I saw a learner from another school carrying books in a plastic bag. I then realised that there are learners in my former school who are also in need of school bags. I bought some of the bags and I also asked my colleagues to contribute, which they did.

There are many things that can discourage learners from going to school ...,” Teti said.

Mongezi Tshikila, the school principal, heaped praises on Teti for putting her primary school at the centre of her heart.

“You did not forget where you are coming from. We thank you for ploughing back to your former school. What you did today is something that is not done every day. We taught you, but today you are teaching us something that we never did to our former schools,” Tshikila said.

Deputy Principal Xoliswa Mexico and Teti’s former class teacher, also applauded the donation.

“The school is 30 years old, but it is the first time that a former learner has come back to make good for others. You were always in the top 10 in my class. Learners are very happy for what you did and they will never forget it. May God bless you,” Mexico said.

School Governing Body Chairperson Xolisa Vuki said the donation will make a great impact on the lives of the learners.

“You did a great thing. This gesture will go a long way for learners. It will also take away pressure from their parents as they will now focus on buying other things needed. There is high rate of unemployment here,” Vuki said. Milani Tshingilane, Grade 5 learner who benefited, said he was “very happy”.

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