Learners are Apples of our eyes

2018-02-08 06:00
Hlengisa Junior Secondary school learners together with their teachers and Founder and chairperson Natalie Abel showing off the new uniform.PHOTO: unathi obose

Hlengisa Junior Secondary school learners together with their teachers and Founder and chairperson Natalie Abel showing off the new uniform.PHOTO: unathi obose

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Hlengisa Junior Secondary school learners were exhilarated after receiving new school uniform donated by Apple A Day Foundation.

Last Friday, more than a hundred learners were given school shirts, socks, shoes and tunics, depending on each individual’s needs.

In all, the items included 70 pairs of shoes, 50 pairs of socks, 73 school jerseys, 43 boy shirts, 47 tunics and 61 track suits.

School principal Mzimkulu Qwaka described the event as a blessing to the school.

“We feel great. As a teacher it’s painful when you see learners without uniform, while others seem to have while others wearing it. They (those who don’t have) feel inferior and lose confidence. I believe it will boost their self esteem and change their mindset,” he said.

Qwaka urged the parents to look after their children. “About 80% of the parents in this area (Nyanga East) are unemployed. They can’t afford to buy some of the items,but we hoping that they will take care of (the uniforms) by ensuring cleanliness. I believe it will make difference to some families,” said Qwaka.

Founder and Chairperson of the foundation, Natalie Abel, wished the learners all the best after the donation.

“It is a privilege for me to be here. I believe life will not be the same again. I want you to make your parents and your teachers proud,” said Abel. She said she started the foundation about three years ago.

Abel said their objective was to assist economically disadvantaged communities with anything they can.

“Our foundation doesn’t have colour or race. We assist all children, particularly(those) coming from disadvantage backgrounds,” she said.

Teacher Nozipho Matati-Bonxi who contacted the foundation and urged them to assist the learners, described the school as one that is accommodating learners from disadvantages communities.

“Most of our learners are struggling, (with) some of them come to school barefoot... They are coming from very impoverished families, with no uniform and shoes,” she said.

Matati-Bonxi added that with the efforts the school is making every year to assist learners, this works well with boosting scholar intake.

“Last year the school registered about 1 260 learners and this year the number(has) increased to 1 400. Parents bring their children here because they see that we care about their children,” she boasted.

She also lambasted parents for dragging their feet when the school calls them to parents meetings.

One of the learners who received a shirt is Grade 8 learners, Sibulele Mtyhido,16,.

He thanked the foundation for its contribution to the school. He said his mother is unemployed and so couldn’t afford to buy him a full school uniform.


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