Pupils to learn about personal hygiene

2016-06-22 06:00
 Photo: Makhosandile Zulu ILAF chairperson Dr Zweli Mkhize with representatives from the KwaDukuza Municipality, Transnet and school pupils at the launch of the Transnet Boy-Girl child programme last Friday.

Photo: Makhosandile Zulu ILAF chairperson Dr Zweli Mkhize with representatives from the KwaDukuza Municipality, Transnet and school pupils at the launch of the Transnet Boy-Girl child programme last Friday.

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TRANSNET in partnership with Ikusasa Le Africa Foundation (ILAF) chaired by the ANC’s treasurer general Dr Zweli Mkhize and the KwaDukuza Municipality launched the Transnet Boy-Girl child programme last Friday as part of celebrating Youth Month.

Over 1000 pupils from 13 local schools located in impoverished or previously disadvantaged communities will benefit from this programme.

The programme will offer the pupils – focusing mainly on the girl pupils – life skills education and training about personal hygiene.

Executive Director at ILAF Bheki Zulu said the foundation is involved in agriculture, education and youth development with this programme falling under the latter sector.

A senior portfolio manager at Transnet Shamona Kandia said the programme will enable pupils to take care of their personal hygiene.

She said the programme is a response to the high absenteeism and dropout rate of girl pupils due to not having sanitary pads and subsequently being unable to attend school during their menstrual cycle.

Kandia said over 32 000 youth have benefitted from the programme since its inception in 2012.

KwaDukuza Municipality deputy mayor Dolly Govender thanked Transnet and ILAF for assisting the government with helping communities, especially those in need.

Speaking to the pupils attending the launch, ILAF chairperson Dr Zweli Mkhize said: “We are investing in your own knowledge. We are investing in your capacity to look after yourself.”

He said the programme is intended to teach the pupils about self-love, love for fellow beings and patriotism and love for the continent at large.

Pupils received a school bag and toiletries.

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