Pupils at Nolungile Primary School, in Site C, were overjoyed when some good Samaritans visited their school on Monday March 26 to share words of wisdom and Easter eggs.
. Lulama Mfuniselwa, the Empilweni manager, a social-upliftment organisation, said Nolungile Primary was one of the schools where they ran programmes about teenage pregnancy for Grade 7s.
“We work with different organisations to uplift schools. This is one of the disadvantaged schools that we work with.
Today we thought let us motivate and encourage them to behave at school.
“We also want them to feel cared for and loved. You will find that they have never been entertained this way or have never been given Easter eggs,” he said.
Empilweni’s goal is to improve the quality of life of children, adolescents and their families by providing culturally-appropriate, child-centered, and community-based mental health support and counselling.
Mzu Lembeni, a former pupil of the school who now owns iMzu Township Tours, encouraged the pupils to stick to their studies
He said a life without education was nothing.
“Do not use drugs.
“Do not even try to use them because they are not good for your health. Life is all about education and education. I used to be a pupil here. Through education I am here today. I am what I am today because I stayed at school. Education has made me who am I. You can do the same and be more than me,” he said. Mr Lembeni said he was happy to see organisations getting together to lift the spirit of township children.
“These children, especially when they are still young, need us. We all should avail ourselves to motivate them.
“This is gift of Easter eggs might look small but it means the world to some. Many have never been given this by their parents.
“Many of our people are unemployed, and the most they can do with the few cents they have is put bread on the table.”