Dutch students back again

2018-05-08 06:00
The students with tour guide Dion Fabe at the Beacon School for LSEN.

The students with tour guide Dion Fabe at the Beacon School for LSEN.

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A group of Dutch students from the Wolfert Bilingual School in Rotterdam have once again returned to do their bit in uplifting communities.

The annual community service initiative is run with Grade 11 learners at the school every year, and sees the group raising funds for their travel and for use in their community projects while in Cape Town.

Dion Fabe, a registered tour guide, has been instrumental in the annual initiative.

“I am exposed to many foreigners. I take them to see the attractions but I also take them to see the townships. They always leave asking what they can do, so we put together this initiative. They choose a project to participate in and then raise the funds and come here,” he told People’s Post in a previous article.

The initiative forms part of obligatory community service, explains teacher and guide Fransiscus Kusters.

In the Netherlands there used to be a law that every learner had to do community service in his or her pre-exam year. The law has since changed, but the Wolfert Bilingual School still keeps the tradition going.

The school’s learners have visited Ethiopia and Sri Lanka and in 2016 gave Ethel’s Place in Eastridge a makeover (“Drug centre spruced up”, People’s Post, 4 May 2016).

Last year, the learners also visited Cedar High School and Beacon School for LSEN (“Visitors spruce up schools”, People’s Post, 9 May 2017).

The learners have to raise the funds themselves and identify projects with the help of Fabe.

“Having Fabe in the community, he is able to tell us where there is a real need. It shouldn’t be that we come here and tell them what we want to do; there should be a need first,” says Kusters.

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