EMAQWATINI Junior Secondary School pupils in Cacadu started off their academic year with joy, thanks to the Youth Project Programme.
Resident Mvuyisi Mnyamana was joined by colleagues and friends in an initiative which involves collecting school shoes for children.
“We chose Emaqwathini junior secondary school as a recipient for this beneficiary, where we handed over the shoes on February 13.”
Fifty people are involved in the project at present.
“We live in rural areas and also work in rural areas and seeing young children walk long distances to reach their destination has touched us. With this programme, we want to show and encourage those young children not to give up on their education.”
Principal Michael Tyula said the donation was helping the school as a lack of shoes and uniforms often led to absenteeism.
Mnyamana also appealed to the education department to consider building the school a hall.
The Youth Project Programme has a long term vision of involving universities and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to talk to pupils about bursaries and other forms of assistance funding in order to further their studies at tertiary level after high school.