A brighter day and a new beginning for disadvantaged
learners dawned on the 27th February 2015 at Msobomnvu Hall as Mnquma local
Municipality in collaboration with the Department of Home Affairs, DEDEAT,
SASSA, Health and Social Development held a "Back To School” campaign.
The campaign targeted disadvantaged children from
disadvantaged backgrounds in Butterworth, Ngqamakwe and Centane, stressing that
education is one of the municipality’s primary social responsibilities. The intervention
of providing Learners with school uniforms was for various reasons. The
municipality’s objective of continuing with such a campaign was to
ensure access to
basic education for all children regardless of race, gender, disability, geographical location and socio-economic
underprivileged children within our community to attend school irrespective of
their social background
extend a gesture of
caring and respect of children on behalf of the municipality.
Executive Mayor of Mnquma Local Municipality Cllr B. Ganjana, giving words of
wisdom and encouragement to the learners as well as the Teachers that educate them
said: ‘‘These children should not forget about their parents, their community
and the dignity that they have been given. Through such initiatives embedded in
them should be the desire to bring back the fruits of education to the people
that gave it to them.”
Executive Mayor encouraged stakeholders, the schools, the teachers and partners
to the campaign that such a campaign should be one adopted as an annual
activity of the municipality and other community building structures.
young pupil, Sibone Khatshana 8 year old and a grade 3 leaner from Upper
Mthwaku Ngqamakwe, expressed himself thanking Mnquma Local Municipality for
conducting such an event, saying "Satsho
siyek’uhlekwa ngabanye abantwana besithi sinxiba impahla zamantombazana. Siyabulela Tata u Mayor asizodlalangayo le
learners similarly thanked the municipality for this initiative saying that
they "will shine and go to school and study with confidence”.
Sikhoyi an ex-prisoner who has just been released from jail after spending 13 years
in prison, motivated scholars and grievingly pleaded with students to be
grateful for the opportunities to study and to respect the platform of
education. He said: ”Drinking and bad behavior led me to jail. I was accused of
rape and convicted for something I never did, I advise you kids to stay in
school and refrain from bad things like drugs and alcohol, learn to ask for
things rather than stealing, focus on your studies whilst the government supports
you, time spent in jail never returns’’.
learnt his lesson the hard way, Thanduxolo Sikhoyi said "Education is the most
powerful weapon that can change the world for the better"