Girl power² - helping those in need

With some of the learning material are King’s College Principal Soria Swart, learners Ngonidzaishe Mudowaya, Shakho Tobi, Tinotenda Dhilwayo, Nasrudien Adams and volunteer maths teacher Ian White. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON
With some of the learning material are King’s College Principal Soria Swart, learners Ngonidzaishe Mudowaya, Shakho Tobi, Tinotenda Dhilwayo, Nasrudien Adams and volunteer maths teacher Ian White. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

A hand-written letter from two young sisters from London spurred an educational giant to donate equipment worth thousands of Rand to a school in Tokyo Sexwale, Jeffreys Bay.

Although holding thumbs, Raphie (7) and Milla White (5) doubted whether they would receive a response to their letter about King’s College’s lack of mathematical equipment, so they certainly did not think that Findel Education Limited in England would donate boxes and boxes full of new equipment.

This plea for help was ignited when the two sisters visited their grandfather, Ian White, who is a volunteer maths teacher at the school.

The letter states: “We both love learning maths at school. It’s really fun and we are lucky, because we use lots of fun things like scales, blocks and number squares to help us.

“In March we visited our Grandpa in South Africa. He teaches children in townships that don’t have very much money. He teaches them maths, so that they can learn calculations and other methods that will help them learn how to use money and even just to tell the time.

“As they don’t have many math tools to use, we are wanting to collect some so we can send them to my Grandpa’s school. We don’t have a lot of money to buy them, so we wondered if you would like to donate some.”

Not only did Findel Managing Director, Chris Mahady, respond personally to the girls’ letter, but he also ensured that all the donated mathematical equipment was deli-vered to White.

“The fact that the two sisters wrote a letter rather than an email speaks volumes about the determination that may have gotten them noticed by the team,” says White. “When they put their mind to something, they will do it. I am extremely proud of my two grandchildren.”

A grateful King’s College Principal Soria Swart, says, “Giving this to a small school in the middle of nowhere - it means a lot. Our school is overlooked a lot.

“Thanks to their efforts, the learners at King’s College will be able to learn maths in a fun and more practical manner.

“We now boast, among others, geometry sets, scales, counters, clocks, calculators and counting stones.”

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