Education department honours Madiba
THE education department commenced with their Legacy programme yesterday, this is in line with the centenary of the late South African and international icon, Nelson Mandela, through programmes in various schools.
The department said: “His memory, his work and his beliefs live on in the hearts and minds of South Africans and in the global community and people playing their part to improve the state of the world.
Madiba’s love for children was unconditional as he believed that the future and prosperity of our country is in the classroom.”
The department said the late statesman’s legacy continued to inspire their work and served as an encouragement to do more, they also said in honouring his legacy and celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela, the department would be handing more than 100 pairs of school shoes on a weekly basis to deserving pupils across the province.
“We have officially commenced with the legacy programme at the Lowryville Primary School in Colesberg, where MEC Martha Bartlett accompanied by the Pixley Ka Seme district municipality MEC Thenjiwe Kibi, Umsobomvu municipality mayor Mzwandile Toto, MP Rachel Adams and the full complement of the municipal council handed over 108 pairs of school shoes to deserving pupils.
Over the next two months we will be handing over close to 3 000 pairs of school shoes at various schools across the province.”
Furthermore, the department said the donation of school shoes was a necessity to pupils, especially during the winter to access schools, as it contributes to restore their dignity, instil self confidence, provides a feeling of belonging and ultimately contributes to the quality of education.
“We call on the private sector to join us and strengthen our efforts of the department to take action, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day. As Mandela said: ‘It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it’,” the department said.
RESTORE DIGNITY: Northern Cape education MEC Martha Bartlett.