Ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment hon­ours Madiba

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Western Cape News Northern Cape News - HLONI MASHIGO hlonim@afro­tone.co.za

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.

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