Party comes to aid of learners

2018-01-25 06:00
Some learners together with their parents and DA members at White House Community hall. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some learners together with their parents and DA members at White House Community hall. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Excitement was written all over the faces of young learners from various primary schools in Khayelitsha as they took delivery of stationery from members of the Democratic Alliance last Monday.

The event was part of the Back to School Campaign organised by DA Khayelitsha Constituency at White House community hall in Site B.

About 85 learners benefited from the project.

DA MP and head of the Khayelitsha Constituency, Thandeka Gqada described the campaign as one of the major projects that they initiated in Khayelitsha to assist disadvantage families.

“These are the small things that parents take for granted, but are essential to the children's schooling.

Many parents focusing on buying uniforms and school bags and forget about these.

Also we are trying to promote education to make it fashionable in our society so that no one can drop out because doesn’t have stationery,” said Gqada.

She said they wanted the donations to be done biannually.

“We started this campaign last year and we supported about 30 learners. This is our second year now and we have doubled the number to 85 learners.

But, this year we are planning to make it to be a biannual event.

In July we will launch a shoes campaign where we are planning to donate shoes to more than 200 learners,” she said.

Explaining the criteria they used to choose the learners, Gqada said they are assisted by the teachers.

“When we had discussions as members of the constituency, we agreed to request the teachers to choose the unfortunate children in their schools.

As we have Eight wards in Khayelitsha, we chose one school from each ward and each school has 10 learners except ward 92 where we chose three schools (Ntshayelelo, Homba and Njongo primary schools).

Both Ntshayelelo and Njongo have five learners each and Homba with four learners,” she said.

She said they perceived that the majority of parents are unemployed and they can’t afford to provide everything for their children. Gqada said they want to demonstrate that the DA cares where it rules

Gqada described lack of resources and criminal element as major challenge to township schools. “Our schools have shortage of resources and also we are facing a major problem of vandalism and robbery. Because in some schools government had provided lap tops and computers but were stolen. And we urge the community stakeholders to come on board to protect our schools,” she appealed.

Zoyisile Maqungo is a teacher from Chuma Primary in Town Two. He described the initiative as helpful and encouraging to the learners.

“I am so happy ... Its also helpful to our schools because our children are suffering. Sometimes teachers get angry when learners don’t have these as if they don’t care. We forget that their parents are unemployed,” he added that some learners feared going to school because of this situation.

Parent Nolulamo Jijingubo was so delighted and said she couldn’t afford to buy them. “I’m a single parent and unemployed. I couldn’t afford to buy everything that my child needs. The stationery will make a difference,” she said.

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