S­chool hos­tel get­ting a much-nee­ded ma­ke­o­ver

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Nar­sing­straat P­ri­ma­ry S­chool o­pe­ned its doors in As­her­vil­le, Graaff-rei­net, on 1 Ja­nu­a­ry 1988.

The s­chool ca­me in­to being af­ter Ka­ro­lus Koe­berg, a mem­ber of Par­li­a­ment at the ti­me, saw the need for a p­ri­ma­ry s­chool with an ad­joi­ning hos­tel to ca­ter for child­ren from the neig­hbou­ring far­ming and ot­her com­mu­ni­ties.

Nar­sing­straat as a s­chool has a­chie­ved ma­ny ac­co­la­des, with fa­mous na­mes such as cur­rent rug­by S­pring­bok El­ton Jan­tjies, as well as U.19 na­ti­o­nal play­ers De­ka­do Jan­tjies and Ri­car­do Groot­boom, being a­lum­ni.

The­re are al­so cur­rent­ly a num­ber of le­a­ders­hip and so­ci­al de­ve­lop­ment pro­gram­mes such as Li­ving Le­gends, E­ar­ly In­spi­ra­ti­on and Sun­cep being im­ple­men­ted at the s­chool. Un­for­tu­na­te­ly, the con­di­ti­on of Nar­sing­straat’s hos­tel does not re­flect the ef­forts ma­de at the s­chool it­self.

As a pu­blic s­chool, it re­lies he­a­vi­ly on fun­ding from the go­vern­ment, which in turn does not ha­ve any funds a­vai­la­ble for the up­keep of the hos­tel. The hos­tel was built to hou­se 200 le­ar­ners but cur­rent­ly can on­ly ac­com­mo­da­te 150 le­ar­ners due to lack of in­fra­struc­tu­re.

This le­a­ves ma­ny child­ren from the sur­roun­ding a­re­as with no pla­ce to stay if they want to at­tend the s­chool.

The fa­ci­li­ties we­re in such a sta­te that the mat­tres­ses are old and most we­re full of ho­les, and the­re are no de­sks a­vai­la­ble and the child­ren are for­ced to do ho­me­work and stu­dy on their beds,

Mon­te­go Pet Nutri­ti­on took on this pro­ject to­wards the end of 2018 af­ter ma­na­ge­ment he­ard a­bout the con­di­ti­ons at the hos­tel from one of the em­ploy­ees w­ho­se child at­tends the s­chool. Al­re­a­dy the com­pa­ny has re­no­va­ted six be­drooms by fix­ing roofs, win­dows and cup­bo­ards, as well as pro­vi­ding new mat­tres­ses, li­nen and bed­ding.

The aim of the pro­ject is to pre­ser­ve w­hat can be pre­ser­ved, and im­pro­ve on the rest. The hos­tel should cre­a­te a sa­fe and ho­me­ly en­vi­ron­ment w­he­re the child­ren feel se­cu­re, and so the main con­cern at this sta­ge is the he­alth and sa­fe­ty of the le­ar­ners.

On­ce the­se is­su­es ha­ve been ad­dres­sed the pro­ject will fo­cus on en­ter­tai­n­ment for the child­ren and the a­est­he­tic va­lue of the hos­tel and the sur­roun­ding a­rea. A pro­ject li­ke this does not on­ly re­qui­re ma­te­ri­als but al­so ti­me, ex­per­ti­se and fun­ding. The­re are va­ri­ous ways to be­co­me in­vol­ved, and in­put from the com­mu­ni­ty would be gre­at­ly ap­pre­ci­a­ted.

Mon­te­go’s So­ci­al Re­spon­si­bi­li­ty Ma­na­ger, Kar­lien de Wet, star­ted with the com­pa­ny to­wards the end of last y­e­ar and has al­re­a­dy be­co­me pas­si­o­na­te­ly in­vol­ved with this pro­ject.

For mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on or of­fers of help, con­tact Kar­lien on 082 925 2309 or kar­[email protected] mon­te­go.co.za.

The­re are no de­sks a­vai­la­ble at the hos­tel and the child­ren are for­ced to do ho­me­work and stu­dy on their beds.

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