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2016-03-03 06:00
 Happy Homba Primary School staff and learners showing the cheque they won through the OMO Spar Challenge.

Happy Homba Primary School staff and learners showing the cheque they won through the OMO Spar Challenge.

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A Khayelitsha school is one of the three in the province to win prizemoney in the Omo Spar Schools Challenge.

The challenge is an ongoing initiative by Unilever and 197 Spar stores across the country that helps promote child development and proficiency in maths and science.

The first, second and third schools in each region in South Africa with the most till slip collections over the period of the campaign each received cash prizes of R30 000, R20 000 and R10 000 respectively for use towards the upgrade of their school.

Homba Primary, Vanguard Primary and Downeville Primary were these schools, with the stores in their respective collecting the highest number of till slips in the Western Cape region.

The top 150 schools with the highest number of entries had each received mini portable science laboratories.

At a prize-giving event recently, Homba Primary School principal Samkelo Tukulula said he was very excited.

“The Omo Spar Schools Challenge was easy for us because of the support from educators, learners and parents. They were all dedicated and eager to win. We are going to renovate our computer lab with the prize money.

“The community of Homba as a whole truly appreciates what OMO has done and I cannot express my gratitude enough,” he said.

The OMO Fast Kids Maths App which formed an integral part of the initiative, is an interactive online learning platform catering for various levels of educational experience and mathematical aptitude.

The platform enables learners to practise their mathematical skills through various exercises including number bonds, time tables and general arithmetic in the comfort and safety of their homes.

A virtual reward mechanism was used to encourage regular engagement among users.

“Education has long been a key focus area for Unilever with several school initiatives in place to enhance the wellbeing and livelihood of our nation’s future leaders,” said Andrew Mysell, OMO marketing manager. “The 2015 Challenge had received overwhelming support from schools and even from parents who played an active role in ensuring their children have a bright future ahead. It gives us immense joy to provide the resources necessary for children to excel in their academic environment.”

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