Donation, lessons come together

2019-04-09 06:01
From left are Jaydeen Holland, Kauther Parker, Rey-theo Plaatlies and Fatima Molte-Friester making their sandwiches. PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

From left are Jaydeen Holland, Kauther Parker, Rey-theo Plaatlies and Fatima Molte-Friester making their sandwiches. PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

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In an attempt to instil a culture of giving back, Fairmount High School in Grassy Park decided to incorporate a donation programme to their English lessons to make sure children understand the concept and take the programme seriously.

This was evident during a donation handover from a local supermarket and members of Claremont-based Business Matters on Friday 5 April.

The supermarket has committed to working with Business Matters for the duration of the first six months of the year, sponsoring more than 20 loaves of bread to feed learners every Thursday.

The school then serves 90 children per week, allowing grades to take turns as they cannot feed all the learners at the same time. This time two Grade 9 classes benefitted.

And the learners were grateful, with some of them personally thanking the stakeholders as they were enjoying the sandwiches.

One of the learners, Connor Miller, says the programme is going to help not only the learners but the community as “some children cannot afford bread. This is very nice of them.”

The programme is basically about feeding the learners, each participating group is taught how to make sandwiches and share with others.

Rholda Gosain says since the programme was started at the school, learners have shown excitement and it is now something they look forward to.

She decided to incorporate what they enjoy into a language lesson, which now challenges them to not just focus on the meal, but to observe and learn presentation skills as she will later require them to do oral preposition presentations based on the programme.

She says this helps learners see the importance of paying attention and learn more as they listen to the speeches made by the involved stakeholders.

“This will help with their language skill and building confidence.”

Gosain says this is an ongoing programme aligned along with others facilitated by other teachers at the school.

She says the school has a lot of needy learners and the programmes aim to show them that there are people who care for them and would like to see them succeed and later be able to also give back to their communities.

Sharon Constable of the Business Matters says they have been working with the school since June last year and have been involving different stakeholders. Businesses such as Pick n Pay came on board as they share a mutual vision of uplifting the community.

She says through the partnership they make the learners aware that it is the little things that count and should not moan about the challenges they face, and know that it does not take much to make a difference.

Terence Klassen thanked the teachers and the two involved stakeholders, saying since the programme started the academic results improved. He says for the first time, they managed to reach a 50% pass rate and got recognition for their improved performance from the provincial department.V The school runs a number of other learner empowering programmes and is in continuous need of funding. For more information call Terence Klassen on 021 705 1826.

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