Let us prioritise education like they did in Mosselbay

2017-01-12 13:21

Before anything else, we should prepare first and invest in order to get the results which we desire.  It is a busy month for all the academic institutions. The class of 2016  is divided into two as speak, those who have made it and those who have not.  It must be hard for those who couldn't make it, but I must say that there is still time to turn things around.   As a nation, we all need to go out to make it our first priority that we positively contribute towards our country's  education. Allow me to tell you about Curro Mosselbay and their relationship with Mhlanga Development Forum. Curro Mosselbay School has stretched their hands by donating more than two hundred books to Mhlanga Development Forum (MDF), a Non-Profit Organisation focused on the development of a small village called Mhlanga in the small town of Lady Frere, under Ward 14 of the Emalahleni Local Municipality. This call is a good initiative that most of the advanced school can do in order to better the education of this country. Especially the under-performing provinces. Hopefully, we all want a South Africa which will produce a better education for all. As years went by our struggles have changed, fighting for better education should be one of our main battles that we should all join hands and fight for.   A high failure rate at Sosebenza High School raised a big concern to MDF hence the call to go all out to seek any kind of assistance that can better their education. Their 2015 pass rate was as dismal 14.58% and this was of great concern to the Mhlanga Development Forum who then took it upon themselves to find a resolution to this matter. One of the most appropriate interventions, amongst others, was to collect reading material in the form of the required textbooks and exam question papers, it is widely known that there is a challenge with the delivery of textbooks especially in remote areas. Under the leadership of Thozama Ntliziywana the Special Projects Officer of MDF,  Curro Mossebay was able to assist with the books which would be given to the only local high school in Umhlanga, Sosebenza High School, and also used in the soon to be built Information Center. Mr Caesar Febbraio, a primary school teacher at Curro Mosselbay was only eager to help as he saw this as a way of giving back and improving the quality of education in previously disadvantaged schools and thus helping the South African society at large, he thanked and appreciated MDF for this initiative of ensuring a better future for learners. The Executive Head (Acting), Mr Riaan Stroebel is quoted as saying “We are glad to help, please keep in touch and we will help where we can”. Mhlanga Development Forum is also raising funds for the construction of a Resource Centre for its village which shall include a Library and ICT Facility for which twenty Computers and a multipurpose printer have already been secured and the fundraising process towards the construction of this facility is well underway. Some of the books donated will, therefore, come in handy when this facility has been completed, the anticipated start date for the construction of this facility is June 2017. Various stakeholders have already committed to assisting this NPO with this initiative. Allow me to close this article  by quoting Malcolm X: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

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