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In the move to create conducive environment for teaching and learning in the schools across the province, the Limpopo Department of Education convened a two-day summit on the 09 – 10 May 2016 to woo key stakeholders from different quarters of society to rally behind the initiative.
This well-attended summit was held at the Meropa Casino, few kilometres outside the city of Polokwane. As one of the unparalleled implementing agent for diverse government projects and a leading non-governmental organisation in South Africa, The Mvula Trust was invited among other sponsors to participate in this function.
The focal point of the summit was “putting teaching and learning at the centre of all activities”. Different speakers, among them academics and experts, were invited to address attendees on how to schools could improve learning outcomes; the role stakeholders and communities to create a learning environment for school children as well as ICT utilisation and effective learner involvement and support in the whole approach.
Delivering the message of support to the Limpopo Department of Education during the summit, The Mvula Trust’s Chief Operations officer, Ms Julia Mmushi, reiterated an unwavering support and commitment the organisation is offering to the department in relation to the delivery of water and sanitation in schools across the Limpopo province.
During the event, The Mvula Trust committed to deliver water and sanitation to two schools in the province at no cost. “As The Mvula Trust, we are pledging to provide water and sanitation facilities at two schools that will be identified by the Limpopo Department of Education,” said Julia Mmushi.
The summit was officially opened by the Premier of Limpopo, Mr. Chupu Mathabatha. Among other dignitaries at the occasion was obviously MEC for Education in Limpopo, Mr. Ishmael Kgetjepe, senior government officials and well-known businessmen.
The Mvula Trust staff in our KwaZulu Natal – South office held a ceremony on the 07 March 2016 to hand over miscellaneous items to Avoca Primary School.
Trevor Rajnarain, our Engineering Operations Manager, spearheaded an initiative to rescue a desperate situation at Avoca Primary School – which is located in Durban.
It was in June 2015 when Trevor and other staff members noticed challenges the school and learners were going through on daily basis. Moved by compassion, Trevor and the team embarked on a campaign to collect school shoes and other merchandise to address a plight at this resource – stricken school.
“The school does not recover much money from school fees, and as a result they find it difficult to provide basic requirements to the kids. It is an ideal school to assist,” says Trevor.
Most learners attending at the school are from destitute households; desperately struggling to make ends meet. As a result kids are taught without basic learning tools or proper school uniforms, which could affect their performance.
The effort was intensified earlier this year to bring more partners on board. Inspired by the initiative, businesses and establishments such as Mini Owners Club in KwaZulu Natal, Rap Footwear, KM Connect and Computer Supply Store responded positively. They donated items, for instance: ceiling fans, school shoes, stationery, computers as well as sanitary and cleaning material.
The principal at the Avoca Primary School could not withhold his emotive words of appreciation to The Mvula Trust and businesses that contributed towards the success of the initiative.
“Such a noble gesture does not happen so often and it was really rewarding to see the smiles on our learners’ faces when they were being given these essentials. It is heartening to note that there are people like yourselves who unstintingly contribute to the upliftment of our school and the disadvantaged community we serve,” said Mr Kowlesar (Principal) in a letter.
The partnership between The Mvula Trust and Limpopo Department of Education (LDoE) continues to deliver decent sanitation to schools in the province.
The MEC for Education, Mr. Ishmael Kgetjepe, accompanied by the acting Head of Department, Ms Ndiambani Beauty Mutheiwana, led a sod-turning ceremony on Friday, 11 September 2015 at Klaas Mothapo Secondary School, Ga- Mothapo village.
MEC Kgetjepe used the event to announce the department’s plan to roll out sanitation programmes in 26 schools across the province. Addressing attendees in Northern Sotho, Kgetjepe emphasized and reiterated the importance of sanitation in schools, and how it could assist to prevent the spread of diseases, not only amongst learners, but in the communities at large.
The current sanitation facilities at the school are dilapidated and pose safety and health hazards to the learners. The project will include the building of new modern ablution facilities suitable and conducive for provision of safe environment – and it will also include provision of water system at the school.
In addition, Chief Executive Officer of the Mvula Trust, Mr. Silas Mbedzi lauded efforts made by MEC Kgetjepe to wipe out sanitation backlog in the schools. He concluded by sharing his experiences regarding sanitation problems around the world.
“Few weeks ago I was in Sweden, Stockholm where I was attending the World Water Week Conference. It is said that millions of people in India relieve themselves in the bushes due to lack of sanitation facilities,” said Mbedzi.
Boasting more than 20 years of impressive record in delivering successful water and sanitation projects in the rural and peri-urban areas of South Africa, the Mvula Trust has been assigned with responsibility to spearhead the implementation of this task at the Klaas Mothapo Secondary School.
The event was graced by, amongst other community leaders, Kgoshigadi of the Bakgaga ba Mothapo and also Member of Parliament, Ms Madipoane Refiloe Moremadi Mothapo.
The project is expected to start immediately and it will be expedited to ensure that learners receive value from this investment.