School uniforms for indigent Schuitdrift learners

From left to right: School principal Tshikonelo Nekhubvi, Cllr Gift Phiri and Dowelani Nenguda from SASSA join Grade 5 learner Lushaka Netsianda in celebration after he received a full package of school uniformsFrom left to right: School principal Tshikonelo Nekhubvi, Cllr Gift Phiri and Dowelani Nenguda from SASSA join Grade 5 learner Lushaka Netsianda in celebration after he received a full package of school uniforms

Lushaka Netsianda is an 8-year old Grade 5 learner at Schuitdrift Combined School outside Musina. His parents are general laborers at the local farms and cannot afford to provide basic needs like school uniforms. But Lushaka’s life and that of 38 other learners will change for the better after they received full packages of school uniforms from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Each leaner received two shirts, two vests, a tie, two trousers or skirts, three pairs of socks, one tracksuit, three underwear’s, one jersey, a tunic (girls) and a pair of shoes.

 

SASSA Manager in the Musina Local Office, Mr Dowelani Nenguda said the agency has gone beyond providing social grants and is also focusing on the welfare of the community. “Everybody knows that our democratic government has done a lot to improve the lives our people. We are still doing more to make sure that everybody, despite financial background, should also enjoy the fruits of our hard earned freedom. Despite receiving social grants, we know that there are parents who are still living below the poverty line and could not provide for their families. That is where we come in as an agency.”

Nenguda said the benefiting learners come from very needy families and were identified by local stakeholders, social workers, members of the school governing bodies and the school principal. “We are aware that there are more learners who need uniforms in this school and we commit that we will come back to give them. We urge parents to assist their children to handle their uniforms with care so that they can use them for a longer time.”

Local ward councilor, Gift Phiri said: “Look how handsome and pretty these learners are. We really have to thank our government of the day for taking the needs of the indigent community members into account. Through different initiatives, Musina Municipality is doing its best to improve the education of our children.”

School principal, Mr Tshikonelo Nekhubvi said the donations will motivate the learners to work hard. “It will also make our job easier because a happy child understands school work with ease.”

After receiving the uniforms, Lushaka Netsianda expressed: “I had no proper school uniforms before. Thanks to the sponsors and everyone who made the donations possible.” 

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