Pupils’ feet covered

2016-01-21 06:00
 ABOVE: Deputy Principal Nelisa Hopa, forum leader Thembekile Gqwaka and Nothando Nyewebeni show happiness after the handover.  PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

ABOVE: Deputy Principal Nelisa Hopa, forum leader Thembekile Gqwaka and Nothando Nyewebeni show happiness after the handover. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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School life will never be the same again for learners at a number of schools in Mfuleni after they were given donations of shoes and uniforms.

The Mfuleni Education Forum played a crucial role organising and arranging for the donations, which were part of the Back to School Campaign in the area.

Cape winters can be as harsh as her summers can be baking hot, so it was a welcome relief for more than 350 learners, going into autumn knowing that their feet will be covered and their bodies warm

The donation came as a result of contribution from members of the forum, teachers from local schools, mining giant De Beers Consolidated Mines and other individuals.

The week long distribution of the shoes and school track suits started on Monday at Mfuleni High School and Itsitsa Primary.

The nine schools included, Bardale High, Parliament Street Primary, Bardale Primary, Nalikamva Primary, Nyameko Primary, Manzomthombo High and Mfuleni Primary Schools.

Thembekile Gqwaka, chairperson of the forum, said the idea for the campaign started last year after he and other members of The Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Blue Down’s Circuit, felt doing something which will add value to the children in the area.

“We realised that children who do not have shoes or school uniform have a low self-esteem, so we decided to help them. We promote cleanliness through parent support. We ensure the emancipation of the black child,” Gqwaka said.

Gqwaka said in the pipeline was a drive to donate stationery to the under-privileged.

They have also helped organise careers exhibition at Mfuleni High School last year, including prayer meeting for examinations.

The forum will be launched on 20 February. Lwando Jonas, a Grade 8 learner at Bardale High School, was one of the learners who received shoes on Tuesday.

“I am very happy. I have been waiting for them for too long.

My parents cannot afford to buy me the school shoes.

I have always been feeling ashamed at school, because I did not have shoes while other learners have shoes. This is a big change in my life,” Jonas said.

Ntombiyosindiso Hani-Mangoto, the principal at Bardale Primary School, applauded the campaign.

“I am so happy to know that there still are good angels in South Africa who go all out to help those that are in need. I always feel very bad to see some pupils coming to school with no proper shoes. This is going to build their self-esteem. I would like to thank all those who contributed in the campaign.”

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