Multichoice makes a difference at a school

2018-04-23 12:20
Children were very much excited when their gifts were handed over.

Children were very much excited when their gifts were handed over.

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Mkhanyiseli Primary School had cause for celebration last Wednesday when a television pay channel distributed new school tracksuits and food parcels.

The staff at the school in Nyanga and the channel staff spent Wednesday April 18, 2018 morning sorting through a mountain of donated school tracksuits ahead of chilling winter bite.

The school caters for 1500 children from the area. The Multichoice Making a Difference (MMAD) project saw 500 Grade R to Grade 5s pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds given the school tracksuits.

It was a day like no other for pupils at the school as they were showered with something some had never had before.

Principal Malusi Dyantyi who painted a grim picture of the area said some of the pupils are forced to go to school wearing their own clothes because their parents cannot afford to buy anything thing school related. Thanking the donors, he said others (pupils) have never owned a full uniform for a year.

“You get children coming to school barefoot or with their own clothes. We always thankful when companies come to us to offer such help. Now my children will be warm and surely their parents are going to rejoice. Most of our parents are unemployed and that is the story of our townships. Unemployment affect not only the parents but all of us, teachers included,” he said.

But this despite the donation, school principal Melusi Dyantyi said there is still a lot needed to help others too. He said the school was built in 1948 but to date there is no hall.

“We are waiting for generous companies like Multichoice to build us a school hall. This is an old school but it never has a hall. We are forced to pray on open space even when it is cold. That is something that is unacceptable,” he said.

He however remained adamant that a Good Samaritan will come. Multichoice Regional Agency Manager Nokuphiwa Udoakpan lamented poverty in the community as one of the reason the school was identified by her team. She however praised the school progress and its teaching methods.

“This is a good school. My brother schooled here and he was doing ever so well. We are have to have done something to it. Look at the walls they are still intact. You can not say it was built in 1948,” she said.

Children could not hide their excitement after getting their much-needed tracksuit


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