Pupils’ plastic bags replaced with school bags

2015-04-30 14:00
Pannar Seed personnel at the handover of the school bags to Khulani Primary pupils.

Pannar Seed personnel at the handover of the school bags to Khulani Primary pupils. Photo: supplied

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MORE than 500 school bags have been collected this year for distribution through a programme started after it was noted that pupils have been carrying textbooks in plastic shopping packets. Pannar Seed, in conjunction with DuPont Pioneer and parent company DuPont, donated bags to Grade 1 pupils at Khulekani Primary which neighbours the company’s Redgates research farm outside Greytown. These bags came from employees and their families from as far afield as the United States.

This initiative has been running since 2009 as so many children were observed using the plastic shopping bags as school bags.

Many of the donated school bags, backpacks and leather briefcases were received by staff at conferences and meetings across the globe.

Khulekani was the first school to receive these bags – similar donations are planned for other schools in Africa in the coming weeks.

Pannar Seed personnel handed over the bags to the delighted Khulekani Grade 1 pupils on 30 March. The bags had been filled with treats and stationery added to the joy of the youngsters.

At the handover Nothando Mafu, a biotechnologist in the Greytown Global Marker Technology lab, spoke on the importance of agricultural research and its future impact on food security in Africa. She also encouraged them to work hard, attend school daily and study maths and science to in order to look at a career in the science, technology, engineering or maths fields.

Crop services manager Dr Rikus Kloppers said: “The initiative is closely aligned to our core values, especially those environmental stewardship and respect for people.”

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