Family day held to raise funds

2020-03-19 06:03
Learners playing on a jumping castle while their teachers keep an eye on them.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Learners playing on a jumping castle while their teachers keep an eye on them.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Hundreds of learners from Walter Teka Primary School, in Nyanga, held a Family Day at the local stadium to raise funds to buy new computers and to revamp the school’s computer lab. Each learner contributed R100 towards entry, face paint, meals and games and parents paid R90 for entry and a meal.

Learners were entertained with music, marimba and a jumping castle.

School principal Thobela Malotana described the event as the first of its kind. He said the event not only helped to raise funds, but it also helped strengthen relationships between parents and their children.

“It is the first time we are having such an event outside school premises. We felt that it is high time we find a conducive space for both parents and learners where they can spend time together playing,” said Malotana.

The bulk of the learners are from disadvantaged communities. “Most of our learners are raised by their grandparents, they survive on government grants. They also face serious social challenges,” he said.

With a total of 765 learners, Malotana added that the school only has 20 computers and at times this compromises the quality of work they produce.

“We are living in a modern society where technology is imperative. Our aim is to start teaching them computer skills at an early age,” he said, adding that they start teaching them basic computer skills from Grade 1.

Malotana said their objective is to bring hope to learners and instil a positive mindset that education is important.

Grade 2 learner Luminathi Baleni (8) described the event as educational and exciting. He said they were dancing and playing.

Parent Thobela Mgqwetho said it was a great event. He said he hopes that the teachers would continue doing it.

“I wish it cannot be a once-off thing. The children are having an opportunity to play together freely without being worried about their studies.

“Some of the learners used to play indoors and on weekends because of crime. Bad things are happening in our communities,” she said.

Walter Teka Primary School is one of the oldest schools in Nyanga. It was established in 1946.

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