Fees paid for ‘future president’

2016-05-24 06:00
Aaron Nzenzo from Ottery Methodist Primary School in Wynberg is one of the pupils whose entry was chosen as the best in the Shoprite’s ‘Class of 2016’ initiative. He will have his fees paid for the rest of the year.

Aaron Nzenzo from Ottery Methodist Primary School in Wynberg is one of the pupils whose entry was chosen as the best in the Shoprite’s ‘Class of 2016’ initiative. He will have his fees paid for the rest of the year.

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Aaron Nzenzo (10) from Ottery Methodist Primary School in Wynberg says when he grows up one day, he wants to become the president of this country.

Nzenzo’s entry of him describing what he wants to be when he grows up, was one of the winning entries in this year’s Shoprite ‘Class of 2016’ initiative.

Through this initiative, over 420 young South Africans will have their school fees paid for the year.

This is an annual competition open to pupils from Grades 1 to 12 across the country, inviting them to submit a short essay or drawing which best describes what they want to be when they grow up. Winners are chosen in a random draw by representatives from every Shoprite store across the country, with the winning pupils’ school fees paid up in full for the entire year.

Now in its 10th year, the “Class of” initiative has already paid more than R3.5m in school fees, empowering learners and their families each year with the gift of education without having to worry about the burden of escalating school fees.

Neil Schreuder, marketing director at Shoprite, describes the company’s view on education as being liberating.

Nzenzo’s teacher, Selina Gordon, says the initiative broadens the learners’ horizons.

“It helps them to stretch their imaginations and think about what their goals are and how they can achieve them.”

The initiative is part of Shoprite’s broader commitment to education in local communities across the country that also includes an extensive bursary programme.

Over the past 20 years, the group has awarded more than 2700 one-year study bursaries to the value of over R110m. Interestingly, 70% of these bursaries have been allocated over the past five years alone as the need for student financial support has become greater. In 2016, the group is awarding bursaries to the value of almost R20m to deserving students across the country. These efforts are further complemented by an initiative to foster education that provides hot meals for children in need in an initiative called the “Feed a child, nourish a mind.”

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