Two Grade R classes at Luzuko Primary School, in Gugulethu, got a facelift when NewKidz on the Block and a leading food chain store teamed up to revamp the classrooms.
While the focus was on the classrooms, playing swings and slides were also upgraded.
The upgrades were applauded by the teachers, School Governing Body (SGB) and the Gugulethu Development Forum (GDF).
Chief executive officer of the NewKidz, Lynne Haefeke, said she was excited to be part of the upgrades to create a conducive learning space for pupils.
NewKids is a non-governmental organisation specialising in makeovers for children’s homes.
They also create awareness and support initiatives for orphans, abandoned children, destitute and vulnerable kids across South Africa.
Ms Haefeke said Luzuko met their selection criteria. “We want children to feel appreciated and feel at home when at school. We wanted to give this school a facelift,” she said. “This school is amazing. It is well maintained.” Tamsyn Pinn, from the chain store, said: “We are very proud to be associated with this school. SGB and GDF representatives applauded the food chain store for its continued support. They said, however a lot needed to be done at the school, and they hoped that the store would help again.
Principal, Noxolo Nonkonyanne-Thongo, said the classes were vital for the development and upbringing of children.
The school is one of the oldest in the area and a lot was needed to make it look good, said Ms Nonkonyanne-Thongo. She commended the sponsors.
She said the upgrades would “Instil a sense of pride and belonging.”
“Children are excited to see changes in their classes,” she said. “This brings hope and dignity to them. After this revamp, one can see that there is a huge difference.”