In an effort to equip schools and boost academic performance of learners in the Helderberg area, one of the country’s leading banks donated laptops to local schools.
Four schools, Christmas Tinto Primary School, Nomzamo High School, Sir Lowrys Pass Primary School and Gordon High, each got a laptop from African Bank in partnership with Strong Schools. They also donated printing paper worth R10 000 to schools in the area. Strong Schools is a non-profit organisation which aims to develop and support sustainable change in under-resourced schools. They also pursue and to deliver quality functioning solutions for schools to become institutions of hope inspiring healthy, wholesome and hope-filled futures for the youth and society.
It is believed the support will bring the needed change in local classrooms.
Gary Janeke of Strong Schools, who is involved in organisational and fund development, said the organisation identified critical needs among the local schools, but first wanted to have a school development plan.
“We want to join forces with the school principals and commit ourselves to setting priorities so we can source funding,” he said. “We will look at businesses around Helderberg to come on board and be part of this partnership.”
Janeke believes the roots of leadership lie at schools, and empowering and equipping under-resourced schools with much needed resources is essential.
Naeem Cassim, African Bank area manager, thanked Strong Schools for the partnership.
“We want these laptops to bring about change in classes for teachers and want to inspire the young ones,” he said. “We want to enable them (learners) to achieve their highest level and be successful.”
Simthembile Mfecane, Ward 85 councillor, commended the parties for the initiative. He urged more businesses to come on board and bail out the local schools.
“As this community we are facing a lot of challenges, where we have a number of children that are still at home and not going to school,” he said. “I am impressed and honoured to be part of something like this.”
Mfecane said there was also commitment to ensuring “schools in our communities are protected at all times.”