Eyesight restored after specs donated

2015-10-22 06:00

Learners, staff from Khayelitsha Special School and Tolga at the handover event at the school.. 

Mandla MAhashe

Learners, staff from Khayelitsha Special School and Tolga at the handover event at the school.. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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It was sight to behold as about 40 pupils from Khayelitsha brandished new spectacles during an official handover at the school last Thursday.

This was part of the donation by Tolga Spectacles Somerset, who screened more than 400 learners at the school.

According to the school’s nurse in charge, Thelma Kuister, most of the learners suffered in class as a result of undiagnosed eyesight problems.

“I heard that the company(Tolga) has been screening children from orphanage homes and other facilities that house the needy, and I knew that I should see if they can do the same thing as it was needed by our pupils.

Learners here are already suffering from other challenges and improving their eye sight lightens their load,” said Kuister.

Gary Willman, from Tolga Spectacles, said that out of the 407 pupils that were tested about 37 were found to be in need of spectacles.

“We understand that not all the parents of the children in institutions like these can afford to buy them spectacles as they are quite expensive. We are happy that we have managed to improve their learning process,” said Willman.

He said that this was not the end of the relationship between the company and the school.

“Some of the children have been referred to specialists for a closer look at the problems that they have. So far we are very happy that those that needed the spectacles have received them,” he added.

The school principal, Makhaya Mguda, said that he was happy that the donation would make the learning process much easier for the pupils.

School Governing Body chairperson, Nokonwaba Mzo, said that they were grateful as parents were not able to afford.

“Many of our parents are unemployed and you have to have some sort of medical aid to afford the lenses and frames. It’s really an expenses exercise and most of our parents cannot afford it.

We are also happy that our children can see better and will be able to understand what they are being taught in class,” she explained

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