Mandela inspired NGO on right path

2015-08-27 06:00

Learners and parents rejoice at recent donation by NGO at Zanemfundo Primary school in Marcus Garvey.

Mandla Mahashe

Learners and parents rejoice at recent donation by NGO at Zanemfundo Primary school in Marcus Garvey. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Ever heard people say ‘everyday should be Mandela Day’?

Well, Sikhululekile Reading and Life Skills Development is practising this often preached motto.

On Saturday, the organisation donated much needed food and clothing items to learners at Zanemfundo Primary School in Marcus Garvey, Philippi.

The NGO offers after school tutoring programmes at the school and it is through this interaction that they found the need for various essentials, said Sikhululekile organiser Bonga Mgupane.

“Many of the parents in this community are either unemployed or work at low paying jobs so they cannot offer their kids simple things in life.

We felt that we should do something to alleviate the children’s situation,” said Mgupane. The programme caters to 120 children at the school.

One of the key reasons for the donation was to assist the children with the learning processes.

“It is quite difficult for children to focus on school work when they are stressed about not having things such as shoes or uniforms like other children. To help with our work of tutoring these learners, we are making this offer so that they can get motivated,” he said.

The organisation was founded about three years ago and has been working at the school offering tutorials.

“We are very happy with our work at the school as we have seen a huge improvement in the learners as far as literacy and numeracy levels.

We help with providing additional support to learners as teachers are often swamped and don’t have the time to focus on one key area at a time,” explained Mgupane.

There are fourteen tutors in the programme and are all from surrounding areas such as Lower Crossroads, Philippi and Old Crossroads.

Nosakhe Mbalo, a parent of two, said that she was very grateful to the organisation as it has helped with more than just the education of learners.

“Ever since they arrive at the school were know that our children wont be loitering around in the streets on Saturdays,” she said. She said that she has also noted an improvement in the results of her nine year old son who is also in the programme

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