About a hundred poverty stricken pupils at Putelo’s Combined Primary School at Mbumbulu south of Durban have received school uniforms and other educational material.
The semi-rural school has more than 400 pupils. The donation was organised by a non-profit organisation founded by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dlomo who completed his foundation phase at the school during the sixties.
He says they want pupils from needy homes to have the same uniforms and equipment as the rest of the learners.
“Through the foundation that I am part of; Bhelesi foundation and the support that I have got from another company’s Kingsgate, we are here to give 100 uniforms to the learners so they could actually continue with their education without any hindrance. We are saying to these old age people at home with their pension grants can keep it for this month.”
Putelo Combined Primary School principal Fortunate Mhlongo says in some instances, learners walk barefoot to school and others end up not going to school for a number of days because they don’t have uniforms.
I handle so many kids I have 440 kids under my care and those kids that are under my care I take care of not only educationally but interms of their poverty levels. I also make sure those kids are catered for by in terms of what they eat, dress and we are thankful to uBab Dlomo and Bhelesi through u Babu Amhed coming into our school donating the uniforms so that the kids are the same. We cannot see that poverty levels are different if the kids are all wearing uniforms.”