Strengthening Danish and South African bonds

2017-03-15 06:02
PHOTO:lucky khanyileEnjoying their day at Alexandra High are Danish exchange pupils and teachers Marianne Kragh (back, from left) and Bente Steffensen; and (front, from left) Line Kolmorgen, Robin Brunzlaff (Alexandra High teacher), Sofie Hesselsoe and Celina Mouritsen.

PHOTO:lucky khanyileEnjoying their day at Alexandra High are Danish exchange pupils and teachers Marianne Kragh (back, from left) and Bente Steffensen; and (front, from left) Line Kolmorgen, Robin Brunzlaff (Alexandra High teacher), Sofie Hesselsoe and Celina Mouritsen.

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ALEXANDRA High School hosted pupils who drive the Norre­sundby scholarship project that currently funds the tuition of 10 pupils at the school.

The scholarship helps financially struggling pupils with tuition, uniform and stationery costs at Alexandra High School every year. The scholarship started 11 years ago and about 25 pupils have received the funding. The recipients of the scholarship are funded throughout their high school education.

Three pupils and two staff members from Denmark arrived in South Africa a week ago and have been “enjoying the extreme hot Pietermaritzburg weather conditions”. Line Kolmorgen, Celina Mouritsen and Sofie Hesselsoe are the ambassadors of the scholarship and were accompanied by Marianne Kragh and Bente Steffensen.

In an interview with the Maritzburg Fever, Kolmorgen said that it was an honour to help the country. “It’s such a great pleasure to help other pupils with funding because we understand the significance of education. In our country education is free so we see the need to help wherever we can through this scholarship.”

The project has seen Ashdown Primary and Sinathing Primary schools benefit. The primary schools select deserving pupils to get the scholarship and study at Alex High.

Pupils get to have a day off where they do fundraising and the money collected is then used to fund the education of the beneficiaries.

“The pupils have been amazing and welcomed us with warm hands. They were keen to know a lot about us and the scholarship. We are looking forward to coming back here and continuing the relationship,” said Kolmorgen.

There has been an exchange of teachers between the schools over the years. A teacher and one outstanding pupil will be chosen to visit Norre­sundby, Denmark, in September to encourage the relationship.

Steffensen said the funding will continue depending on the funds they raise. She said recipients have been well behaved. “It’s a great scholarship which has run for so many years and we are happy that the children who have received the scholarship in the past have done well. However, there have been one or two but we must commend the rest who have continued to raise the bar high academically,” she said.

Alexandra High principal Anusha Pillay said the programme provides a good foundation that the pupils need to study further and pursue their goals. “The pupils in the Norresundby sponsorship programme who attend Alexandra High would never have had the opportunities provided by the school to them,” she said.

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