Shot in arm for struggling pre-schools

Eskom, in partnership with the National Development Agency, celebrated Mandela Day this week by creating a conducive learning environment for pupils of Minah T Soga Pre School.

Founder and centre manager Alice Jaxa said the two entities made a considerable donation by renovating the premises after years of struggling to complete the structure. “We started operating from 2016 after we were provided space by the school. It was hard because we had little to no equipment. We did not have any toys for outdoor activities for the children. We used our hands or rubber tyres. Now we have received genuine items that will greatly assist the school and help develop our young pupils. Our children will now be keen to attend school.”

Eskom made a donation of R12 340 which went towards purchasing the items. Provincial spokesperson Zama Mpondwana said Eskom was there to make a contribution towards Mandela Day. “Through our development foundation we approved money for them to buy educational toys, mattresses for the kids and make renovations to the structure. This is a poor community and we had identified that the school needed the support.”

Principal of Minah T Soga Senior Primary School, Ntombekhaya Sahluko, said Eskom and NDA had brought relief to the school as Jaxa was experiencing challenges in terms of growing and developing the education facility. “She was using her own building materials from home to form a proper structure. She also depended on fees paid by parents. We are very happy because this facility is much needed in this community,” said Sahluko.

NDA development manager, Mbulelo Madyo, said they had identified two pre schools in Ezibeleni to provide with stimulation material, including furniture. “Early childhood development is one of the sectors that we focus on. We have identified these schools because we felt that there were gaps and these schools did not have enough resources, so we had to show our support.”

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