Learners receive new shoes

2020-01-30 06:00
Mondeka Mabibini putting on new school shoes for Lilolonge Bhunyuka.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Mondeka Mabibini putting on new school shoes for Lilolonge Bhunyuka.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A Philippi-based non-profit organisation (NPO), UPhawu Community Development, has put a smile on the faces of about 200 learners from two schools in Samora Machel and Philippi.

The NPO donated 200 pairs of school shoes to Samora Machel and Bongolethu primary schools. Each school received 100 pairs of shoes. The organisation aims to grow reading among children and the youth by starting reading clubs and after school programmes.

Founder Mondeka Mabibini said she started a school shoe campaign in 2015 to collect shoes for disadvantaged children. “The name of the campaign is called No More Barefoot,” she said.

Mabibini said when she saw children going to school not wearing school shoes she wanted to do something to help.

She said a lot of the children would go to school wearing tekkies and other shoes because they did not have school shoes.

“Not having school shoes can affect a learner’s self-esteem and the way they perform in class,” she said.

The campaign was started in the Eastern Cape but when she saw the need in Cape Town, the campaign was expanded here two years ago. She said after working with these learners, she found they also lack school uniforms.

Mabibini said more can be done to help the children and she has appealed to local businesses to support the campaign.

Samora Machel Primary School’s deputy principal Lumka Olai said they are happy that their learners received school shoes.

She said the learners will now start the year confident because they will now look like other learners.

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