Woodwork a boost for school

Woodwork teacher at Khayelitsha Special School Walter Matema with learners from right Olwam Cuba, Avumile Swartbooi, Masibulele Rode, Thulani Bulani and Bohlale Makwa.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA
Woodwork teacher at Khayelitsha Special School Walter Matema with learners from right Olwam Cuba, Avumile Swartbooi, Masibulele Rode, Thulani Bulani and Bohlale Makwa.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Khayelitsha Special School received a boost for their curriculum when they opened up a new woodwork workshop on Mandela Day, Thursday 18 July.

The school is for learners with special educational needs and the workshop which costs about R500 000 will equip the learners with more skills in order for them to be employable when they finish school.

School principal Busisiwe Velebayi said the workshop was sponsored by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) in partnership with the Department of Basic Education.

She said before they used to take their learners to another school twice a week to learn the skill which will now be offered at the school.

“We did not even have a teacher for this skill but now we do not only have a workshop but a teacher as well,” she said.

Velebayi said the workshop is going to give a big boost towards the vision of the school.

She said learners will now leave the school with a skill which will enable them to start up their own business or get a job.

“Our learners are referred to us by mainstream schools when they see they can’t cope and when they leave school with no skill they get overlooked for jobs,” she said.

Velebayi added that they are very happy because by having this new facility it is their way of ploughing back to the community.

RAF corporate social investment (CSI) manager Noluthando Mvabaza said education is part of their CSI strategy and they identified the school as their potential beneficiary.

She said they provided the school with a fully equipped workshop for woodwork which cost about R500 000.

Mvabaza said they believe in holistic approach and they, therefore, want to have a longer relationship with the school so they can help even more.

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