School shoes for local learners

2017-11-28 06:01
Bata gave 60 learners new shoes at Glendale High School. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

Bata gave 60 learners new shoes at Glendale High School. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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Around 60 learners of Glendale High School received new school shoes through a Mandela Day initiative.

School principal Achmat Chotia says they are grateful for the donation and encourage more companies to follow Bata’s lead.

“This forms part of our values at the school where we promote the children wearing school uniforms and school shoes, not takkies, and all the children adhere to it. We want uniformity and don’t want competition. This helps with that,” he says.

The children who received shoes were identified through observations by teachers and staff at the school and were chosen based on their need and the fact that their parents cannot buy them new shoes.

“We have had letters of appreciation from parents and lots of positive feedback. It is not that every person at the school gets new shoes, it is really where it is needed,” says Kathy Davids, deputy head and coordinator.

The donation forms part of Bata South Africa and Toughees’ Nelson Mandela Day campaign, called #Bata67Steps, which saw the company call on the public to vote for 67 primary and high schools that needed school shoes.

During the handover period, which began at the beginning of November, Bata South Africa will hand over a total of 4489 pairs of school shoes.

The Toughees shoe brand is a household name.

The #Bata67Steps initiatives aim to restore pride and confidence in children to enable them to achieve their dreams.

The #Bata67Steps campaign received a huge response on social media with many people enthusiastically coming on board and nominating deserving schools and organisations throughout the country, the company says in a statement.


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