Crowdsourcing appeal issued for Vuwani schools

2016-05-22 14:32
(News24 Correspondent)

(News24 Correspondent)

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Johannesburg  A crowdsourcing appeal for Vuwani schools, which were vandalised or burnt down during recent protests, has been issued by the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT).

“We call upon individuals and organisations to participate in a crowdfunding initiative to get the Vuwani schools back on track,” said the organisation’s head, Godwin Khosa.

Since the protests had started, pupils had lost 10% of schooling time in the first half of the year, Khosa said. 

“If learning and teaching in Vuwani does not start immediately, learners face the prospect of losing a further 30% of the prescribed learning time,” Khosa added.

Fifty schools in the area in Limpopo, near Thohoyandou, were burnt down or vandalised this month since protests started on April 29.

The Masia Traditional Council lost a court application to set aside the Municipal Demarcation Board's decision to merge the underperforming Vuwani municipality with parts of the Malamulele municipality in the Vhembe district.

Renovations and equipment

On Sunday, Khosa said the donations would go towards minor renovations, classroom equipment, furniture, textbooks and stationery.

Specific needs included building materials for classrooms that could still be salvaged, 3 000 desks and chairs, computers, photocopy machines, projectors and 50 bookshelves. Tshivenda and Xitsonga readers, textbooks, and study guides were also needed.

The organisation hoped to set up supplementary teaching programmes for 58 primary and 28 secondary schools.

This week, the Limpopo education department said 76 mobile classrooms would be delivered to affected schools over the next two weeks.

According to its website, the NECT works towards “education reform and improved school results”.

It said it was partnering with civil society groups including SECTION27, Basic Education For All, the Helen Suzman Foundation, and the Kagiso Trust.

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