Lehlohonolo strikes it ‘Lucky’

2016-04-21 06:00
 Learners, staff and SGB members at Lehlohonolo busking in the glory at the handover ceremony.  PHOTOs: Mandla Mahashe

Learners, staff and SGB members at Lehlohonolo busking in the glory at the handover ceremony. PHOTOs: Mandla Mahashe

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Lehlohonolo Primary School staffers and pupils, including parents gleamed with pride as they received the spoils of a gardening competition thy took part in.

The school took first spot at the Western Cape Department of Education gardening project that has been running since last year.

The competition pitted against each other dozens of district schools in three categories, called semi-commercial, standard and rural gardens.

Lehlohonolo won first place in the standard category where gardens are producing for consumption.

An Baitshepi Mani, a teacher who serves in the schools’ gardening committee, paid tribute to the learners but said credit was also due to the combined efforts of the community and school.

“The garden was dead and it was the community members that came to us and brought the idea of revitalizing it . That was the beginning of the collaboration that has resulted in this success,” she said.

The produce is added to the schools feeding scheme and helps supplements the vegetables ration.

“The garden is good because from it we get the vegetables that are not offered with the feeding scheme.

But thats not where it ends as it has helped teach the children some valuable skills. They didn’t like it at first but such a victory will help encourage them,” she said.

The school walked away with a cash prize of R15 000 which has to be invest back to the gardening project.

The competition is a project of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) to encourage young learners to grow food and eat healthy.

“It is about making sure that young children develop healthy lifestyles as early as possible. They have to get used to growing their own food which has many benefits.

This is the way of encouraging them to do the right thing,” said Landezwa Sokotela, NSNP provincial director. Community member Vuyani Qamata said he was pleased to see the garden received such recognition and that the children should grow their food.

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