More than 100 stationery packs were donated to Grade R and Grade 1 learners at Progress Primary School in Kimberley by the Diamond Pavilion Mall.
MORE than 100 stationery packs were donated to Grade R and Grade 1 learners from Progress Primary School in Kimberley by the Diamond Pavilion Mall on Friday, February 26, 2020.
The Marketing Manager of the mall, Philadelphia Babi said the initiative was launched after they saw the need for basic necessities in some schools in the city.
“We donated 178 stationary packs which consisted of amongst other things a colouring book, crayons, glue sticks, rulers and erasers.
“We have identified Progress primary school this year but we have been running the programme for a few years.
“In the past we donated stationery to schools in Roodepan. Last year we gave to Elizabeth Conradie School. Each year we select a new school to assist. This initiative was also launched after we had teachers asking us for pencils for their learners. We then saw a void and decided to alleviate that pressure,” said Babi.
She said they have been working in partnership with the schools to identify less privileged children who are in need of stationary.
“The teachers are the ones who are working with the children on a daily basis and they know the background of the children. The teachers can easily assess and see which parents are not in a position to supply stationery for their children when the academic year starts. The current Covid-19 pandemic has also put financial strain on some parents. The donation of the stationary pack eases the strain the parents are facing,” she said.
Babi said they will reach out to another school in 2022.