As schools are anticipated to reopen in two weeks’ time, a group of 25 volunteers has covered 400 textbooks for some learners in Mathaga Primary School, Tshwane recently. The group congregated at the primary school ahead of schools reopening. This was under the banner #ThusaNgwanaGeno (help your brethren)
Dr John Molepo (31) said the idea behind the initiative was to reduce financial burden on parents. Molepo is an activist and a senior lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga.
“We wanted to reduce the financial burden on parents. Normally, we would do it when learners are back at school so that we can also teach them how to cover their books, but because of Covid-19 we had to readjust,”
This was a gesture of ploughing back into communities, as Molepodid his primary school at Mathaga. Previously this initiative has also assisted some students at institutions of higher learning.
“We also assisted students in universities with tuition fees, outstanding fees and registration fees,”
He commended people who made the charity work possible by opening their hearts and purses to help the needy.
“I am one person who believes in collectivism, that whatever that you do you need to plough back to your community, more especially where you grew up,”
Dr Molepo’s former teacher, Sally Mothupi said. “I am happy that our former learner John Molepo didn’t forget where he came from. I taught him here at Mathaga primary school,”
One of the volunteers, Duduzile Masombuka, indicated thatthe initiative was bred from raising funds for university students at road intersections, where motorists donate as little as R5. Five schools in four provinces, which include the North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, will benefit from the textbook-covering initiative.
“We believe that if a child has a school book that is nicely covered that is a motivation that says ‘here is something that is good before you, take care of it and preserve it and then run with it’.”