Pedal power for Bergville pupils

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Giv­ing ru­ral school chil­dren ac­cess to bikes is a proven way to lift aca­demic per­for­mance. In Septem­ber 2016, Volk­swa­gen Group South Africa ( VWSA) do­nated 350 new bikes to chil­dren at three schools in Bergville as part of their long- term part­ner­ship with Qhubeka’s Bi­cy­cle Ed­u­ca­tion Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme ( BEEP). VWSA’s Matt Gen­nrich said the records show how the time saved by bi­cy­cles leads to im­proved marks for pupils who no longer have to spend hours walk­ing. Qhubeka’s Sarah Phaweni says a trained bi­cy­cle me­chanic is es­tab­lished in each area and a bi­cy­cle su­per­vi­sory com­mit­tee at each school en­forces a two year ser­vice- toown con­tract with the pupils. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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