Access to education granted
A few months ago eight youngsters in Grade 11 and residing in Soweto and Westbury received smart phones to enable them to catch up on their school work.
They had a chance to conclude this year successfully. This initiative was stage two of a process of empowerment of school going children in the care of Abraham Kriel Bambanani. The first objective had been completed, which was to make sure that all Grade 12’s had electronic access to learning material.
In South Africa the plight of the poor became a stark reality during lockdown as they simply do not have the access to technology that most school children relied on to keep up with their curriculum.
A number of donors and sponsors saw the need and provided funds for phones and data. These Grade 11 learners had one of the most damaging discriminatory realities eliminated from their lives.
They had access to educational material and online lessons, which gave them the same advantage as their more affluent peers.
Youngsters were working hard during the pandemic although it has was not easy for them to catch up with their school curriculum at first. The support of Childcare givers emotionally and academically contributed to the learners’ progress.
They kept in touch with the learners at first telephonically, but as the lockdown eased, they managed to visit the children and offer assistance where they could.
This is how these young people responded:
“I am very thankful for the phone. I really appreciate the help. I will use this phone for my educational work and also make sure I take good care of it” – Thabo.
“I was very excited to receive this phone. I am happy that I will be able to access the internet, do my research and projects whenever I need to. Many thanks to the donors and sponsors for the phone. I really appreciate it” – Steven.
“I will always be thankful for what you have done for me. I promise to use this phone wisely. Thank you once again” – Thando.
“I was so excited when I received this phone. This will actually help me a lot with my education and also help me keep in touch with family and friends. Thank you for this wonderful gift” – Lufuno.
Thank you for the donations and for making sure our beneficiaries’ educational needs are fulfilled.