|Pupils with their new and needed pots.|
Many township schools often struggle to compete with former Model C schools and private schools as they are under resourced. Feladelfia High School which caters for pupils with disabilities in Soshanguve is one of these schools. Despite its struggles, it managed to receive a pass rate of over 70 percent in 2011. Even so that doesn’t mean its pupils, many of whom are from poor families, don’t need cooking equipment and other basic needs for children to eat.
To make things easier for the pupils of the school, recently a donation of several important needs were given to Feladelfia by Denel Land System at an event attended by government representatives. “We decided to finance the school. We told them to tell us what they need from us; from then we developed the partnership,” explains Denel’s Human Resources Manager, Thulani Mahlinza.
The company donated new cooking ovens, classroom equipments and promised to help repaint the school for the next coming five years.
Another benefit that will come from the partnership is that engineers and technicians from Denel will assist pupils with some of their work during the next five years – ensuring they gain expert skills.
Grade 12 pupil, Zacharia Sithole, believes that this is a great opportunity. “As a student we are blessed. I am happy that we are recognised.”