Project paves the way

2018-06-20 06:01
The Legacy project commenced at the Lowryville Primary School in Colesberg on Thursday (14/06). The MEC for education, Martha Bartlett, attended the event. With her is one of the learners, Randy Mentoor.Photo: Supplied

The Legacy project commenced at the Lowryville Primary School in Colesberg on Thursday (14/06). The MEC for education, Martha Bartlett, attended the event. With her is one of the learners, Randy Mentoor.Photo: Supplied

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Learners of several schools across the Northern Cape will benefit from the Department of Education’s school shoe project.

In honouring Nelson Mandela’s legacy and celebrating his centenary, the department promises to donate at least 100 pairs of shoes on a weekly basis.

The handover is part of various programmes in communities that the department will be engaging in.

The department highlights Madiba’s love for children as unconditional. He believed that the future and prosperity of the country is in the classroom.

“His memory, his work and his beliefs live on in the hearts and minds of not only South Africans, but the global community. People are playing their part to improve the state of the world,” Geoffrey van der Merwe, spokesperson of the Department of Education, said in a statement.

“His legacy continues to inspire our work and serves as an encouragement to do more.”

The Legacy project officially commenced at the Lowryville Primary School in Colesberg on Thursday (14/06).

The MEC for education, Martha Bartlett, accompanied by Thenjiwe Kibi (executive mayor of the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality), Mzwandile Toto (mayor of the Umsobomvu Municipality) and Rachel Adams (member of parliament), attended the event and handed over 108 pairs of school shoes to identified learners.

The department promises to donate approximately 3 000 pairs of school shoes promises to be handed overto various schools across the province.

The donation of shoes is also seen as a winter relief initiative as learners will be enabled to go to school without cold feet.

According to Van der Merwe, it also helps to restore their dignity, instil self confidence, provide a feeling of belonging and ultimately contribute to the quality of education.

“We call on the private sector to join us and strengthen the efforts of the Northern Cape Department of Education to take action and inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day,” he said.

“As Mandela said: ‘It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.’

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