Gogos, madalas feted by pupils

2015-09-24 06:00
Young poet Ahlume Memela weaving powerful words as he praised grandmothers for raising children like him.

Young poet Ahlume Memela weaving powerful words as he praised grandmothers for raising children like him.

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IT was a day of great song, poetry and delicious food as learners and teachers of Ikhwezilesizwe Primary School invited the eldery for a treat last week.

This was to mark the forthcoming Grandparents’ Day taking place on October 4.

Ikhwezi principal Norma Mayeye said South Africa marks the Grandparents Day to enhance relationships between them and children.

“This is one of the days that our government takes a number of steps to improve the life and protect rights and interests of elder persons. Celebration this day highlights the achievements made by the government in that regard,” she said.

WC Department of Education official Francois Lubbe addressed more 100 gogos and madalas who listened attentively as young poets and drama groups entertained them.

Lubbe urged the grandparents to play an active role in their children’s education.

“At times you will not understand what they ask you but please approach the teachers and find out,” he said.

Lubbe added grannies and madalas must add “a bit of ubuntu values in their grandchildren”.

Turning to the learners he urged them to “respect and love the elderly”.

Councillor Mavis Mafoko thanked the gogogos and madalas for coming and reminded that the school belongs to them.

“You must discourage vandalism of the schools. Keep a watchful eye on this properrty,” she said.

School Governing Body chairman Theo Vilakazi thanked everyone for attending and supporting the school activities.

“Your presence here today represents gold,” he said. He said Grandparents’ Day is not just a holiday for whole family, it’s also a part of a bigger event, National Elder Persons Week, that celebrates the contribution the elderly people make into life of South Africa. “They are the pillars of many families and also provide care for vulnerable children and orphans,”he said.

After the speeches , grandparents were treated to entertainment from various groups, poets and singers all theming their acts around the elderly.

The elderly were then ushered to the classrooms where they were met by delicious dishes prepared by the learners and teachers, it was a joyous occassion to the end

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