Norma Road Primary boosted by upgrade

2016-08-30 06:00
Norma Road Primary had their toilets and kitchen upgraded by the Maurits van Nierop Foundation (MVNF). The foundation’s René Naylor is pictured addressing learners.  PHOTO: Peter Heeger

Norma Road Primary had their toilets and kitchen upgraded by the Maurits van Nierop Foundation (MVNF). The foundation’s René Naylor is pictured addressing learners. PHOTO: Peter Heeger

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Norma Road Primary School in Silvertown recently had their upgraded toilet and kitchen facilities unveiled to them by the Maurits Van Nierop Foundation (MVNF). The kitchen had no running water, no cupboards or proper flooring. This all changed on Thursday 18 August.

Van Nierop, a Dutch cricketer who was born in Cape Town, died tragically in an accident in Cape Town at the age of 25. The MVNF was started by Maurit’s family and close friends. The Foundation’s goal is to raise funds for children who do not have the opportunity or financial means to play sports as well as to supporting underprivileged children with learning disabilities.

“We made our first contact at Norma Road Primary in 2009 when a good friend of Maurits, Tarryn Kelly, identified it as school with high incidence of learning problems. The real collaboration started in 2010. The foundation supports the remedial teaching programme with a full time remedial teacher since 2011,” states René Naylor, who is associated with the project.

More than half the children are from Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Langa with first language Xhosa and have learning problems.

The school also has a limited sports programme and Naylor says that the foundation has a goal of assisting the school with a sports ground.

“The partnership with the school and community revealed to us that the school needed an upgrade in toilet and kitchen facilities as a priority. The school is 67 years old and various attempts have been made at different times to upgrade the toilet facilities to make it safe and hygienic.

“The kitchen feeds 350 learners daily which could be for most of the learners is the only meal of the day. The quality of the facilities now match the quality of the education provided in the classrooms,” Naylor concludes.

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