THABO MBEKI — Learners from at least 11 schools in Seleka, Thabo Mbeki and Shongoane villages received brand new school uniforms when Lephalale Mayor accompanied by his councillors and the department of Social Development made the donations at the Thabo Mbeki community hall on Tuesday 23 February 2016.
Maeko said that it is important to invest in the education of learners in the early stages to keep them motivated, he added that during his school years’ learners would buy school books, pay school fees and also bring their own food to school, but even with these hardships the learners still managed to succeed in their academic tasks.
“These challenges have changed for the better as there are now no school fees at either primary or secondary schools and there are feeding schemes which help feed the learners” he said.
This initiative is part of the department and municipality’s back to basics programme aimed at uplifting rural communities and encouraging school children to study and enjoy their school days.
He added that he will launch a programme that will see schools benefitting from iPads, this includes primary schools. In the programme there will be internet access for the leaners. He mentioned that former president Nelson Mandela once said that with education the country can change.
He appreciated the work done by social workers and urged teachers to fully support learners when they encounter academic challenges.
The learners from disadvantaged families were identified by local councillors and social workers.
This initiative seeks to give children a head start in life as it meets some of their emotional and physical needs as well as addressing the socio-economic status in the communities of Lephalale.