“I want to say well done for doing so well. You wrote beautiful essays, and you’re our future leaders and heroes.”
Those were words of encouragement from Patti Silberton, projectmanager for the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School Improvement Initiative, to learners of Ntwasahlobo Primary School in Khayelitsha after winning an essay competition.
The three Grade 4 learners from Site B’s Y Section, earned their school some cash and stationery during a contest with their peers from other schools.
The three learners won the competition after having completed “My South African Pandemic Story” workbooks with the UCT social work students at the end of last term. The UCT social workers assist not only the learners through its School Development Unit, it has also partnered with other schools around Khayelitsha to empower teachers and School Management Teams.
On Thursday 2 September, the three learners were encouraged to continue writing and reading. They were labelled as the “future writers”.
Silberton said they were pleased to be in partnership with the school. She described it as an exemplary school” in every single way.
“Our message from UCT is to never stop reading and writing about everything you see. You’are on the right track. We thank your teachers for instilling the love of writing and reading at such a young age,” she said, adding it was “absolutely pleasure and privilege to be part of this as UCT”.
Agnes Ntaba, Metro East District IsiXhosa Subject Advisor, thanked the parents for encouraging their children to read, anything they find be it a Bible or a magazine. “Please continue to ensure that your children don’t go to bed without reading. This competition has shown that they have talent in writing, and we encourage them to continue doing so as they are our future writers,” said Ntaba.
She said in years to come the South Africans will be reading books written by the trio.
Asiwe Faleni (10), the learner who came tops in the essay competition, told City Vision she was “very happy” with the accolade.
Sam Lehloho, school principal, said he was proud of the learners’ achievements and for putting the school in the limelight.