ILA brings out the best

LEPHALALE — Seven learners from Mabalane Seleka Technical School, Phegelelo Secondary School and Hoërskool Ellisras were rewarded for their hard work on Wednesday 9 May at FASA Lodge outside Lephalale.

FLTR: Queen Matsome from Mabelane Seleka Technical School (MSTS), Kyle McDonald, Luan Mahoney, Anika de Klerk and Anika van Rooyen from Hoërskool Ellisras, Jeffrey Mosima (Phegelelo High School) and Hope Moeng from MSTS. Absent: Klaas Mosima from MSTS

The International Leadership Academy (ILA) encourages participating learners to develop new ideas that can make a difference in the community. Members need to successfully complete a community project that they are given, with some exceptional projects being identified.

This year’s top learners will be spending a weekend away from 15-17 June in Cape Town during school holidays, with accommodation provided and they will be travelling in the red bus to the Waterfront as part of a city tour where they will marvel at the specticle of the Table Mountain.

Mogol Post spoke to three of the learners (all in Grade 10) who are going to Cape Town. Their projects included helping Grade 7-9 learners who struggle with mathematics at Mabalane Seleka Technical School (MSTS) and Lephalale Primary School.

14-year-old Hope Moeng from MSTS said that through moderation by their maths teacher, Ms Xaba, they managed to complete their task accurately.

The 17-year-old Jeffrey Mosima from Phegelelo High School said his task continues to be to provide food to orphans. He says what hurts his heart the most is to see kids walking to school barefoot.

Luan Mahoney (16) from Hoërskool Ellisras collected money by selling “building blocks” to buy a new lounge suite for a girls’ house at Abraham Kriel Children’s Home in Modimolle.

ILA Director Johann Young says learners are given the opportunity to do well and have high expectations to live up to.

“They have completely stepped-up in their programmes and this will bring return investments. Learners are encouraged to give their best and this is not just a matter of completing the challenge but to make a difference in communities.”

He says they would like more schools to participate in the ILA programme in the coming years and currently there is a need to get the community and businesses on board to enable them to involve more schools.

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