Former Bulumko Secondary School learners in Khayelitsha have urged ex-learners to plough back into their previous schools.
The former Grade 12B learners met on Saturday 24 October at the Khayelitsha Training Centre where they shared old memories. The reunion came after more than three months of intense planning and 13 years since the group matriculated.
Former learner Benjamin Zantsi said Bulumko is situated in a community where sometimes learners go to school without food. He said they decided to take the opportunity to change the situation and to give back to the school.
Zantsi said they have agreed to donate sanitary towels to the school every month. He said they plan to donate packets of sanitary towels into a “padbank”.
“A padbank will be the availability of pads for learners at the school, where a learner can always go and get a sanitary towel when she needs it. This is as we realise that some girls come from families where a packet of sanitary towels is a luxury that cannot be afforded.
“No girl child in Bulumko Secondary School should have to miss school because she does not have sanitary towels,” said Zantsi.
Former learner Sininki Vena said it was amazing to meet former classmates. “I will normally meet some of them at malls and other places where we enjoy ourselves. But this time around it was different and we bonded together as one family,” she said.
“In normal cases when such reunions occur people go there to brag but ours was totally different. We encouraged and motivated one another in our different fields as we all know in life we cannot all do the same things or be academics,” said Vena.
She said this was the start as they are planning on giving back not only to the school they come from but the community of Khayelitsha.
“We have pledged to work together going forward and ensure no one is left behind. So the issue of sanitary towels is one fundamental matter we came up with. Believe it or not it came up with a man and we all bought the idea so we can help our future young women going forward,” she said.
The group described the initiative as “just a start”. They are planning to meet again next year to decide on other initiatives to help the school.
They called on others from other schools around Khayelitsha, to do a little gesture to give back and empower their schools.
“It may be the difference towards the success of a learner who might not have any other option,” ended Zantsi.