Community Chest helps pre-school to help matrics

2015-03-18 00:00

WITH the help of the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest, a passionate teacher has been able to bring about a positive change in her community.

Selby Msimang Pre-School principal Thembile Gule (63), said personal reasons forced her to take early retirement from her passion, teaching, in 2005.

With 30 years’ experience under her belt, she thought of different ways she could give back to her community of Edendale.

Having taught at a school that has produced the likes of KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, Gule decided to go back to doing what she loved the most. “When I retired, I stayed at home and did nothing. But I had this burning desire to go back into teaching.

“I realised that the matric failure rate was because of the poor system at pre-school level.

“And that is why we are now using the Early Childhood Development Programme,” said Gule.

During her retirement Gule couldn’t resist the urge to go back to teaching, so in 2009 she decided to join Selby Msimang Pre-School as the principal.

“Together with the teachers we have been able to improve this school to what it is today. The children are fed twice a day,” she said.

Gule said she learnt about the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest last year and applied for funding.

“I sent an application and we were successful and today I am a proud beneficiary of the Community Chest,” she said.

Last year she received R24 000 from the organisation, which she used to buy stationery, feed the children and cover other basic operational costs.

“The Community Chest plays a huge role in improving the lives of people in our community.

“Sometimes they bring us bread for the children and we really appreciate it,” said Gule.

“When I taught at Amakholwa High School, Premier Senzo Mchunu was a pupil there. I was told that Msunduzi area base manager Themba Lyons schooled at Selby,” she said.

Gule encouraged community ­members to continue supporting the Community Chest in their fundraising initiatives so that the organisation can meet its R4 million target before the end of this month.

According to the Community Chest’s website, there are 74 Community Impact Partners in Pietermaritzburg that receive their annual grants in four quarterly instalments. Their current allocation bthe udget for 2014/ 2015 financial year is R4 919 730.


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