20 February, 2020 – For learners a sense of identity and pride can go a long way to creating an environment where confidence boosts learning, often in challenging economic times.
For this reason this is the third consecutive year that EnviroServ Waste Management has kept Nelson Mandela Bay learners at their desks with their Alex Matikinca Dress a Learner programme.
EnviroServ Public Affairs Manager, Makgabo van Niekerk said, “Not having the correct school uniform can lead to children feeling embarrassed – or even to life-long feelings of a lack of self-esteem.
“This, along with other social challenges faced by children can lead to absenteeism and missing out on vital work; being included empowers children to perform better, and hopefully to securing brighter futures for themselves,” said Van Niekerk.
At an event at the Raymond Mhlaba Sport Centre in Motherwell, 85 deserving learners from 17 schools, received uniform items including a jersey, shirt, tie, shoes, socks and trousers for boys or skirts or tunics for girls.
The learners were identified by their schools as being worthwhile recipients.
The selected schools are David Vuku Primary, Enkwenkwezini Primary, Funimfundo Primary, Colchester Primary, Mfesane High, Ncedo High, Masiphathisane High, Mdengentonga Primary, Coselelani High, Soqhayisa High, Ikhwezelihle Primary, Vukanibantu Primary, Vulumzi High, Cingani High, Lonwabo Special School, Khulile Primary and Coega Primary.
Giving back to schools close to EnviroServ facilities is a way to become actively involved with communities. “These schools are situated in the communities nearby to our Aloe landfill site in Nelson Mandela Bay,” Van Niekerk said.
The handover was attended by the Matikinca family, ward councillors, representatives from the Department of Education, members of the Aloes community forum and other stakeholders.
Nationally, EnviroServ’s Dress a Learner programme has clothed 880 learners in the past seven years since the project’s inception and will add 325 to this number in 2020.
Author: Lauren Cohen
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