Kuyasa and Nolungile primary schools were among the schools in Khayelitsha that received a much needed donation of stationery from the City of Cape Town, mayor Dan Plato in conjunction with the MEC of Education, Debbie Schafer.
Mr Plato and Ms Schafer handed over the stationery worth R20 000 to Grade R and Grade 1 pupils on Wednesday February 13.
Mr Plato said it was important for foundation phase pupils to have the necessary tools to do their work and study hard.
He said it was important for the City to support pupils and wanted to see every pupil succeed in their lives and become great leaders. He also urged the community to play their role in protecting schools from being vandalised.
“The donation aims to uplift our schools. I will continue to do these hand-overs to other schools. The donation hopes to alleviate the pressure from the schools.” he said.
Ms Schafer said many schools in the Western Cape that serve poorer communities were finding themselves in a dire financial position.
She they were aware that stationery costs were annually inflated which makes even the most basic supplies too expensive for many less fortunate families.
“I am therefore most grateful to Mr Plato and the City of Cape Town for this donation that will go a long way in providing the learners with the tools that will assist them with their school work,” she said.
Kuyasa Primary School principal Mzuphela Pasiya said the donation was important and would help the school.
He said it was a known fact that many parents were battling to meet the schooling needs of their children and this would help them to ease the pressure. He said the donation restores the dignity and confidence of the pupils and hopes their will be more.
“Donations such as this one help the children to stay in school. We serve communities that are disadvantaged and such donations help the school to continue learning and teaching. We want to better our children’s education, ,” he said.