Tanks installed at schools - thanks to learners

2016-06-23 06:00
<Tarryn Thomas of Woolworths, Lisenathi Daku, winner of the essay competition, Gcobisa Klaas of Woolworths and Zanoxolo Kama, principal of Little Flower Primary School. Photo: ANIKA DE BEER

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With South Africans experiencing the worst drought in 23 years, there was a heightened awareness of the country’s water scarcity during the 2016 Woolworths Educational Programme’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ competition.

A record number of more than 5 000 entries were received. Learners from Grades 1 to 12 in participating schools were asked to write a letter that demonstrated their understanding of water scarcity as well as motivate why their school needed to win a fully installed, 10 000 litre water tank. A total of 14 water tanks were donated to schools across the country, with 2 of these tanks installed at schools in Uitenhage.

Lisenathi Daku of Little Flower Primary School in Uitenhage was one of this year’s ‘Thirsty for Action’ winners. She impressed the judges with her wonderfully illustrated letter that showed she has a keen awareness of the importance of water saving.

Liyema September of Ashton Gontshi Primary in KwaNobuhle, was another winner from Eastern Cape. She impressed the judges with her awareness of the importance of water to all life and made it clear that a water tank would help their school be more water secure, which would include being able to irrigate their food garden.

“Some of the learners who entered attend schools that have no running water and others in the drought-stricken regions are experiencing water cuts that disrupt their education,” said Pieter Twine, Woolworth’s General Manager of Loyalty and MySchool.

“It is vital that our youth are empowered to live more sustainable lives and play a role in safeguarding their future.”

  • The two learners each won a Woolworths gift card for themselves and a water tank for their school.

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