Cans make for a Leap of faith

2018-07-26 06:00
LEAP member Lungisa Gwaai; Raymond Schuller, Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille; Nomfundo Silwane from LEAP; John Gilmour, LEAP executive director and Ntombizandile Mkosi from LEAP]

LEAP member Lungisa Gwaai; Raymond Schuller, Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille; Nomfundo Silwane from LEAP; John Gilmour, LEAP executive director and Ntombizandile Mkosi from LEAP]

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Last Wednesday, Mandela Day, saw about 200 learners from the LEAP Science and Maths Schools joining volunteers in constructing a massive Nelson Mandela Day mosaic made of food cans.

This was set to be the largest can mosaic ever created in South Africa.

Built in the Canal Walk Shopping Centre’s Food Court, the completed mosaic consists of over 29 000 food cans donated by Rhodes Quality and members of the public.

John Gilmour, Executive Director of LEAP Science and Maths Schools, invited the public to join them at the event “to help us continue providing quality education to all our learners.”

The mosaic was constructed by the staff of participating corporate sponsors and members of the public who were encouraged to donate additional food cans.

The food cans used in the mosaic will be distributed by students from the Langa and Philippi LEAP Science and Maths Schools to social community projects in their communities­.

These include the Kuyasa Soup Kitchen which provides hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people; Ithemba Lethu providing extra tutoring to primary and high school leanrers in mathematics, science and life science; Kwesu, a sewing project for unemployed women focusing on local economic empowerment; Realistic, an organisation working to prevent ex-prisoners and at risk youth from re-offending with training and life skills; Educare Centres in Langa and feeder primary schools in the community­.

Lindelwa Mini, principal at LEAP Science and Maths School in Langa said: “We want to help our learners to become more conscious of social justice issues and the importance of giving back.

“All LEAP students are required to volunteer their time at social development organisations within their communities at least once every term.

“They are encouraged to view the social responsibility programme as part of their learning, to develop empathy and leadership skills which are crucial in supporting academic performance.”

There are six LEAP Science and Maths Schools located in some of the most marginalised communities in South Africa, including two based in the Western Cape.

These low-fee schools have consistently obtained more than 90% pass rates since inception­.

“At LEAP we believe that our leaners represent the greatest hopes of their communities and that educating our children is only the first step in true social transformation. Ultimately we want to see entire communities transformed, family life restored and children flourishing,” says Gilmour.


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