Mfuleni school pupils benefit

2016-02-04 06:00
Siphiwe Ulana Principal of Itsitsa Primary School during the handover eighty uniform,socks and shoes in Mfuleni on Friday.  PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Siphiwe Ulana Principal of Itsitsa Primary School during the handover eighty uniform,socks and shoes in Mfuleni on Friday. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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Impoverished learners in Mfuleni, were happy to receive school uniforms, tracksuits and shoes from Mfuleni Education Forum.

Mining company De Beers and the provincial education department both played a role in donating the school uniforms and shoes, which were shared equally among Mfuleni schools.

Forum chairman Thembekile Gqwaka (51) said they could not stand back and watch their children suffer. They called a meeting to form a support group and decided to involve political parties and parents.

“We saw a need to help underprivileged children, but did not know how to do it. That is why we organised a meeting to create a support system to help the community of Mfuleni, a place where a lot of poor people live,” said Thembekile.

He said a lack of uniforms was causing a drop in school performance.

“We also saw the need for after-school classes, because the pass rate is not that convincing.

“But I know that the reason some pupils cannot concentrate is because they don’t have proper uniforms.”

Itsitsa Primary School Principal Siphiwe Ulana said: “This is a dream come true for these pupils. I am very proud of the fact that I have made a mark in their lives.”

Parents could not hold back their tears when their children got new uniforms. Some said Mfuleni is one of the poorest kasis in Cape Town.

Resident Nombulelo Zibi (52) said: “What has happened to our children is an eye-opener. They realise that their hard work does pay off and they will work harder now on.”

Grade 4 pupil Iminathi Nombungu (10) said she was happy to receive a uniform. “My parents struggled to buy proper uniforms for me and my siblings. I will make them proud.”

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