Learners score big in Gugulethu

2020-02-06 06:00
Some of the learners with their new school shoes and stationery during the event while teachers and donors are looking on. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some of the learners with their new school shoes and stationery during the event while teachers and donors are looking on. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Nompumelelo Special School in Gugulethu was one of the lucky schools last week.

The school received shoes and stationery on Friday 31 January from the RCS group in partnership with Shoprite as part of Gugulethu’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

At least 63 pairs of shoes were handed to some of the school’s needy learners.

School principal Mlindeli Tubeni said the donation came at the right time. He said the majority of the learners at the school come from disadvantaged backgrounds and cannot afford some of the things needed at the school.

“Many learners have to survive on child support grants. The shoes will boost their self-esteem. We need more donations because our school survives mostly on donations even though government is assisting us,” said Tubeni.

He said the school accommodates learners with different challenges. “Some of the learners who are here have autism, epilepsy and severe intellectual disabilities and Down Syndrome. The teachers go the extra mile, working with one learner is like dealing with three learners.

Speaking on behalf of RCS Colleen Carstens described the donation as their way of giving back to the community. She said their objective is to bring back the dignity of the learners.

“We were approached by members of Gugulethu Development Forum last year during their Gugulethu 60th Anniversary Celebration. We managed to buy these shoes (63 pairs) hoping that it will make a difference to them,” said Carstens.

She said they are generally involved with the community of Gugulethu and are aware of some of their challenges.

“We’ve been working with Gugulethu Running Club for more than five years and our relationship is perfect,” she concluded.

Tubeni stated that their learners are referred to the school by Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the provincial department’s education school-based support teams.

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