Old uniforms and books donated

2018-02-07 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedThe three concerned women are (back, from left) Zoleka Jali, Sethabile Mdluli and Mbali Ngubane, with Philani Primary School pupils (front), during the handover of uniforms and books last week.

PHOTO: suppliedThe three concerned women are (back, from left) Zoleka Jali, Sethabile Mdluli and Mbali Ngubane, with Philani Primary School pupils (front), during the handover of uniforms and books last week.

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THREE concerned Imbali women have initiated a uniform and textbook drive for school pupils who come from impoverished backgrounds.

One of the women, Sethabile Mdluli (22), said the pupils who have benefited from the drive are from Philani Primary and Siqongweni Secondary schools, which are both in Imbali Unit 13. She said the handover of the donation was done last Tuesday at Philani Primary, while the trio visited Siqongweni the next day.

“We collected the uniforms, which were handed over at the primary school, from former pupils.

“We had approached the school’s head of department and principal and they assisted with identifying the pupils who needed assistance the most,” she said.

Mdluli added that reading books, textbooks and study guides were also collected for the school.

She said that at the high school, the donation included textbooks and study guides.

“Now we need sponsors to assist us to further our cause and help more pupils,” Mdluli said.

The recent graduate said they intend registering a non-governmental organisation (NGO) by the name Road Less Travelled Foundation (RLTF).

She said that through the NGO they will carry out more school pupil outreach programmes.

“One of these is a youth development programme through which we will teach pupils how to apply for tertiary education, the various courses available at tertiary centres and alternatives they can explore besides education,” Mdluli said.

Should their proposal to run such a programme be a success with the school’s management team, then Siqongweni Secondary School will be the first school where it will be carried out.

“We plan on inviting stakeholders who will be able to teach pupils about opening businesses. We want to empower the local youth,” she said.

The other two women who Mdluli works with are Zoleka Jali and Mbali Ngubane.

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