Mfuleni school receives facelift

2018-07-19 06:00
Bush Radio staff renovating a maths class as part of the initiative.  PHOTO: SIMAMKELE MBANGA

Bush Radio staff renovating a maths class as part of the initiative. PHOTO: SIMAMKELE MBANGA

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Manz’omthombo High School learners and teachers were thrilled when the South African Medical Education Foundation (Samef) visited last Friday.

It was all done in the spirit of giving; to help rejuvenate the Mfuleni school as part of a Mandela Day initiative.

Samef helped make improvements to two science laboratories, two life science and five maths classes.

This was done in partnership with the active participation of staffers from Bush Radio, Ontec, KantarSA and Alpla.

The lot also donated one computer and refurbished the library and ablution block.

Samef is an initiative which aims to improve healthcare and education in poverty-stricken communities through high-impact, focused projects.

Their footprint includes Hiv/Aids and Tuberculosis infrastructure, primary healthcare and clinics, regional, provincial and tertiary hospitals, including primary and secondary schools.

This is according to Trevor Pols, chief executive officer of Samef.

Pols said that Samef was visible in five schools in the Western Cape alone, which includes Zimasa Primary school in Langa, and ID-Mkhize, Woodlands, Manyano and Christmas Tinto Primary Schools.

“It is our second time here in Manzomthombo. We were here two years ago and since then, the pass rate has improved, which means what we are doing is working and so we wanted to give them more,” said Pols.

Unathi Renene, an economics teacher at the school, said that he was very happy and grateful for the facelift the school was receiving because it motivates and encourages the kids to wake up and come to school every day.

“The kids are given labs where they can perform experiments and they get to see and do them practically.

“Samef has really come through for these kids ... It’s quite phenomenal and as a result we have seen an increase in the pass rate,” said Renene.

Renene added that not only is this good for the kids, but for the educators as well, because they get to use projectors instead of blackboards and it has since made things so much easier.

Zanele Paul, a Grade 12 learner, said that this was a dream come true for her and the other learners.

“Mandela Day should be every day and not only once a year. The 18th of July should be used as a day to reflect on all the work done throughout,” concluded Pols.

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