Mvula learners receive shoes

2020-01-23 06:01
Some learners together with their teachers showing off the shoes. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some learners together with their teachers showing off the shoes. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Half a loaf is better than no bread, those were the remarks by teachers at Mvula Primary School in Nyanga when they received shoes from the Loyiso Mqoqi Foundation last week, Friday 17 January.

More than 100 second-hand pairs of shoes were donated to the needy learners at the school.

Grade 7 learner Anathi Mpungutya (12) thanked the foundation for the initiative. She said the shoes came at the right time.

She said her school shoes were old and her parents couldn’t afford another pair because they were unemployed.

Foundation founder Loyiso Mqoqi said the hand over was part of his back to school campaign. The foundation supports primary school learners from disadvantaged communities.

He said he was touched when he saw some of the learners on their way to school. “I took a decision to go out and collect shoes to help other learners. They (shoes) may not be new but they will make a difference to other learners who are in need. I wish other learners, especially the ones who are doing matric can donate their uniform instead of tearing it up,” said Mqoqi.

He said it is the first time he undertook this initiative, but he hopes to make it an annual event. “I collected about 126 pairs of shoes. Next year I want to make it bigger, maybe I’ll adopt another school,” he said and urged local business people to come on board.

Deputy principal Lungelwa Ncapai said the school accommodates learners mostly from disadvantage communities. “The majority of the parents are unemployed and they can’t afford to buy everything at the same time as they are surviving on a grant. We believe that these shoes will make a big difference to some learners,” said Ncapai.

She appealed to local businesses to support them with uniforms and stationery.

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