Joy as pupils receive uniforms

2018-05-25 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedAt the handover are pupils wearing their new uniform, members of the foundation and teachers.

PHOTO: SuppliedAt the handover are pupils wearing their new uniform, members of the foundation and teachers.

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PUPILS from Sizakancane Primary School, in the deep rural village of Ngwinjini in Umzimkhulu, were delighted when members of the Reap Foundation visited their school to donate new school uniforms on May 9.

The school has 139 pupils from Grade R – Grade 7. School principal, Sifiso Msomi said that most pupils are from homes depending only on social grants and as a result came to school without proper uniform.

“School uniforms keep pupils disciplined and makes it easy to identify them.

“Because of the large number of pupils who come to school with old uniform, the school approached businesses as well as the Department of Social Development to donate new uniforms,” said Msomi who said that the pupils’ self esteem was going to improve after they received new uniforms. Parents were pleased when members of Reap Foundation with the help of taxi owners donated uniforms to pupils.

Reap Foundation chairperson, David Sethuntsa said that the foundation was formed in 2015 by a group of retired teachers, nurses and police to help orphans and vulnerable children in rural areas of Umzimkhulu. Sethuntsa said that they also provided care to elderly people.

“In the past years, we collected money and bought uniforms for school children and this year we decided to ask sponsors to support us with school uniform. We aim to reach many schools in Harry Gwala and change many lives,” said Sethuntsa. Sethuntsa said that they were also fighting teenage pregnancy and crime by motivating young people through awareness campaigns.

“We want to build peaceful societies in the Harry Gwala District and bring back the dignity of pupils,” said Sethuntsa.

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