Injongo Primary wins awards

2016-07-07 06:00
Sithembile Mhletywa, the principal at Injongo Primary Schoool at the back, Pelisa Faba-Marman, the chairperson for SGB, teachers and learners celebrating their victory, on Thursday at the school, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Sithembile Mhletywa, the principal at Injongo Primary Schoool at the back, Pelisa Faba-Marman, the chairperson for SGB, teachers and learners celebrating their victory, on Thursday at the school, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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There were scenes of jubilation when Injongo Primary School learners were announced as winners of a national competition organised by the Department of Water and Sanitation - Baswa le Meetse (BLM).

The Baswa le Meetse Awards (Youth in Water) are aimed at recognising the role of learners in awareness campaigns related to water and sanitation.

Injongo PS came number one in the music category as well as position two in the drama category.

Their prize consists of a computer lab with 21 computers which will be built by MTN, and a cash prize of R11 000.

The competition promotes health and hygiene, stimulates the interest of youth in water related careers, and promotes cultural diversity.

Sithembile Mhletywa, the school principal said they made history by winning the competition.

“It was a difficult project, but the effort and dedication made by teachers and learners helped us to win.

The School Governing Body (SGB) also played a vital role. We worked tirelessly even on weekends. Their performance was superb. We actually won position one for both categories, but it was decided that one of them must be position two. We are going to be the first primary school in the township to have a dance studio. We are creating a Model C school in Khayelitsha,” Mhletywa said.

Mhletywa is proud of his school’s achievements which in the past produced soccer stars like Mark and Mihlali Mayambela.

The school made it clear that they mean business when they beat all the schools in the provincial level in Worcester, in May, which qualified them to represent the province in national level.

Esethu Goli (12), a Grade 6 learner said the sacrifices they made paid off.

“I am so happy that we won. We made history in the school. The energy, confidence and facial expression that we displayed helped us to win. We gave our all in preparation for the competition,” Esethu said.

Their performance was educating about the importance of washing hands regularly.

School Governning Body (SGB) chairperson Pelisa Faba-Marman said they want to make the school a tourist attraction in the area because of its achievements.

“We want politicians and businesses to come and invest in the school. We have set the trend here. It is clear that the school has a mission and vision,” Faba-Marman said.

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