Giving pupils a head start for 2019

2018-12-11 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedZero2Five trust partnered with Lionsraw UK and all 630 Steven Davison Primary School pupils were spoilt with a wonderful school backpack by Uzwelo Bags that was filled with Futurelife­ meals and stationary.

PHOTO: suppliedZero2Five trust partnered with Lionsraw UK and all 630 Steven Davison Primary School pupils were spoilt with a wonderful school backpack by Uzwelo Bags that was filled with Futurelife­ meals and stationary.

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LOCAL Zero2Five trust partnered with Lionsraw UK and spoilt Steven Davison Primary School (SDPS) pupils with a wonderful school backpack by Uzwelo Bags that was filled with Futurelife meals and stationary.

According to members of Zero2Five, it brought them great joy to see the teachers’ and children’s happiness over the bags, which will ease their start into the 2019 academic year.

Steven Davison Primary School was established in 2010 after two classrooms and a kitchen/storage area were built for 80 children plus staff by these committed Lionsraw NGO UK volunteers.

Before SDPS was built, the closest school was a steep 6km walk away on the top of Botha’s Hill. The walk was dangerous, with an average of five children a year being killed by cars while getting to school.

The school was named after Steven Davison, a Lionraw SA member who was on the original building project at the school and has since, along with local labourers, built the three newest classrooms and toilet block.

The Steven Davison Primary School was officially registered in April 2014 with the Department of Education and has since gone from strength to strength. In the years that followed, nine more classrooms, a library, and a block of septic tank flushing toilets were built.

SDPS is a non-fee paying school and the school relies heavily on Lionsraw SA and other donors.

In 2010, the school started with 80 children in Grade R and Grade 1. In 2016 they had 525 children from Grade R to Grade 7. This number grew to 630 in 2018.

The same volunteers return at least once every year for further upgrades / maintenance at the school, and they are visiting the Valley of 1000 Hills this November.

— Supplied.

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