School spruced up

2017-06-14 06:01
Chippa Mafata, a teacher at the Sehunelo Secondary School (second from the left) and Pule Malebo (centre), with learners who are part of Project Neat and Tidy.Photo: Supplied

Chippa Mafata, a teacher at the Sehunelo Secondary School (second from the left) and Pule Malebo (centre), with learners who are part of Project Neat and Tidy.Photo: Supplied

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Restoring dignity at the Sehunelo Secondary School, two former learners have initiated Project Neat and Tidy. The pair is Pule Malebo and Chippa Mafata who currently teach at the school.

The duo led by example by rolling up their sleeves and painting classrooms which Malebo described as an eyesore and unpleasant for learning and teaching in.

They have teamed up with a group of learners, who volunteered cleaning and painting the classrooms of the school located in Batho, one of oldest townships in Bloemfontein.

Mafata and Malebo have each forked out money, purchasing painting supplies to get the initiative going.

Malebo said Project Neat and Tidy aimed to inform and teach learners about the significance of a pleasant environment.

“Learning to clean and live in an environment that is neat and tidy goes a long way in life. It is one of the many good practices which begin at home. Sadly, it seems forgotten, if not insignificant to some. Even if you are poor, once the environment in which you live is clean, the dignity of any human being is restored. Cleaning is part of maintenance and goes a long way.

“The project is a concerted effort to emphasise how important a clean environment is in life, hence the old saying that cleanliness is next to godliness. Teaching our children to clean and keep places they live in neat and tidy, is a must,” said Malebo.

Malebo said he had seen a compelling need to start the project at his former school upon finding the conditions in some classrooms were unconducive to learning.

“I saw the need to plough back, teaming up with Mafata to refurbish some of the classes. Educators like Mafata must be commended for loving their own school, wanting to contribute to making sure the learners learn in a healthier environment,” said Malebo.

The project is continuing and those interested to participate are welcome to partner with Malebo and Mafata.

“No matter how small the project and contribution, it will benefit the learners and bring harmony,” said Malebo.

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