New shoes pave way to education

2018-03-14 06:01
Showing of their new school shoes, are from the left, front: Noleen Jacobs, Kea Phokoje, Noxolo Phiri, Monyera Molefi, Kedi Conradie and Letlhogonolo Daniels; middle: Tshepo Buffel, Letlhogonolo Nthute, Oratile Brand, Katlego Sele and Keenan Riet; back: Neo Dichaba (principal), Emma Guys, Dipuo Makhata, Ingrid Masiza and Ofentse Mokae. Photo: Supplied

Showing of their new school shoes, are from the left, front: Noleen Jacobs, Kea Phokoje, Noxolo Phiri, Monyera Molefi, Kedi Conradie and Letlhogonolo Daniels; middle: Tshepo Buffel, Letlhogonolo Nthute, Oratile Brand, Katlego Sele and Keenan Riet; back: Neo Dichaba (principal), Emma Guys, Dipuo Makhata, Ingrid Masiza and Ofentse Mokae. Photo: Supplied

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Ofentse Mokae gently assisted one of the learners, to take off what she describes as her church shoes, and replaces them with a brand-new pair of black school shoes.

The shy girl, who exchanged a smile of appreciation, is one of the 20 school shoes beneficiaries at the Galeshewe based Letshego Primary School.

The donation of school shoes is part of Mokae and his team’s newly established Keep a child in school initiative.

They saw the need at their former school and decided to step in.

The team are thankful to the One Above for heeding the call after such a need was highlighted by one of their previous schoolmates.

Mokae describes how deeply he was touched by the sight of seeing the little girl wearing school socks with sandals to school in her strive to get education.

The team, currently consisting of 12 former learners of the years 1994 to 2001, took it upon themselves to buy and donate new pairs of shoes to at least 20 learners on Friday, 2 March.

According to group members they were driven by the dire need at the school. They furthermore aim to reduce the increasing rate of absenteeism by learners due to shortage of warm school clothes by donations planned for June.

The project co-ordinator, Emma Guys, established the group by creating a WhatsApp group.

“We dug into our own pockets to realise the initiative,” added Mokae, who is also a proportional representation (PR) ward councillor.

It is also their aim to adopt the school and assist wherever they can.

“We all united under one objective, the need to make a difference in the lives of our children. Just the excitement on that little girl’s face melted our hearts to do more.”

The school principal, Neo Dichaba, expressed his gratitude by being approached by former learners to engage in such an initiative.

“They promised this is just a start and that they will continue to boost the learners’ morals in many different ways,” Dichaba added.

He elaborated on the manner in which the learners have started to show improvement in attendance and school performance through the different intervention measures and donations they receive from their community.

Peers aged 29 to 31 are welcome to join the group of 12 members to sustain the initiative through spreading it to other schools. Private stakeholders are also invited to partner.

Call Mokae on 076-108-3264.

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