Foundation answers school’s plea

2019-06-26 06:01
PHOTO: fileKhokhwane Primary School toilets that are currently used by pupils.

PHOTO: fileKhokhwane Primary School toilets that are currently used by pupils.

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GIFT of the Givers will assist with building toilets for Khokhwane Primary School in Elandskop, after Echo published a story on the school’s sanitation problems [We fear for our children’s lives, June 13].

Parents raised concerns over the school’s pit toilets, which they claim are full and are a danger to their children.

Khulekani Kunene from Gift of the Givers said that, after seeing the article, they saw it as ‘the right thing to do’ to intervene and assist the school.

Kunene said they run a project that specifically deals with building toilets in schools around KwaZulu-Natal.

The project was initiated last year after a child drowned in a pit toilet at a school in Richmond.

Speaking to Echo, Kunene said Goft of the Givers identifies schools that need assistance with building toilets.

“With Khokhwane Primary School, we are in the process of trying to engage with the school principal and the Department of Education. As soon as they give us the go-ahead, we will start with construction.

“The project usually takes about a month to complete.

“If the school has water we will build flushing toilets but if not, we will install pit toilets, but in an advanced and safe way. The hole will be behind the toilets, making sure that no child will drown,” he said.

Kunene said this is not the only school that they are busy trying to assist. Bhekamatshe Primary School is another school in Msunduzi that they want to provide toilets to.

Echo previously reported on Bhekamatshe, where parents protested and closed the gates of the school because of the school’s pit toilets being a danger to their children.

“I will be meeting with the Bhekamatshe’s school governing body to discuss a way forward. We want to help these schools because we do not want to see what happened in Richmond repeat itself,” said Kunene.

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