On Friday, the Gazi Foundation donated school uniforms to 30 underprivileged pupils at Rekopantseng primary school in Mabopane. The donation of uniform packs included shoes, socks, trousers, shirts and backpacks.
Overjoyed school principal Annah Sekhuthe said they were grateful and humbled as most learners came from underprivileged communities.
“The donation that we received from our donor is going to make a big difference to our learners and for such a disadvantaged community with social economic background where unemployment is very high the pride of the learners is going be restored”
“We find learners coming to school with torn clothes and torn shoes, hence we appreciate this donation as a school, I believe that you prepare a young person at an early age so they can be able to handle the future,” said Sekhuthe.
Lesego Komane, the organiser of the event, said this was to ensure that pupils do not stay out of school due to lack of necessities.
“We always say the future of the country is in the hands of our kids, hence we ought to assist them with uniforms so that they can focus more on education than uniforms. We also urge the members of the community to give a helping hand and it will be easier for these kids to do the same to the future generation,” said Komane.
The chairperson of the School Governing Body Itumeleng Netshandama expressed her gratitude and said such a donation would have a positive impact.
“We appreciate what Gazi Foundation has done for our learners because some of them came from child headed households. Success of our learners including the pass rate will definitely improve,” said Netshandama.
According to the founder of Gazi foundation, Nnusi Gazi, said education is the key that unlocks the future of learners.
“I think we have a responsibility as a community to equip and help to shape the future of needy pupils. As this is a first team of the academics I hope the school uniforms gesture would not only foster a sense of pride among pupils but it will also boost their confidence,” said Nnusi
Grade six learner, Modiselle Ofentse (11) said: “ They have helped us a lot, we are grateful our school has been identified and we received new school uniforms. Being recognized this year fills me with hope,” said Ofentse.