One cabbage not enough to help learners concentrate

2017-06-06 06:00

Learners of Constantia Primary School are attending class on a full stomach as they are fed in the morning and mid-morning.

The department of education has been supplying the school with food and a set menu to improve the learners’ health and nutrition.

Acting principal Daniel Dorman says the children must be fed according to requirements from the department.

“We are really grateful for what the department is doing for our learners. It really helps a lot of our learners. For most of them you can see that they are really hungry. We are quite grateful. There are so many challenges from home and some come to school hungry,” he says.

The school is providing porridge and another meal depending on what’s on the menu for that day, like samp or breyani.

Borman says the learners are receiving quality, well-cooked food.

“When I got here, I had to taste the food. It is well made and it is nice. I had to eat it so that I know what the children are eating.”

The department caters for 71 learners but there are about 250 children who need to be fed. The kitchen can stretch its meals to cater for about 150 learners.

“The school has grown over the years. Numbers are increasing. Not every child comes to eat because some bring their lunch boxes. However, everyone is welcome to eat from the kitchen.

“Those in charge of the kitchen have asked the department for more food and we hope that they will get an increase in the supplies so that every child gets something to eat,” says Borman.

For now, they have to make do with one cabbage and four tins of fish for all the learners.

Eloise Williams says they need help.

“One head of cabbage has to feed everyone. We are now pleading with anyone who can help us so that we can feed all the learners properly.

“What we want the most is cabbage and pilchards. All we have to do is to stick to what the department wants us to feed the learners. The kitchen is really helping our learners a lot,” says ­Williams.

Some of the ingredients they need are pilchards, rice, samp, beans, lentils, butternut, carrots, cabbage, salt, oil, breyani mix and maize meal.

V For more information call the school on 021 794 6186.

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