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School Shoe Drive a huge success

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In a remarkable display of community solidarity, the School Shoe Drive has successfully collected 400 pairs of school shoes, which will be distributed to 16 schools in the Frances Baard District.

In a remarkable display of community solidarity, the School Shoe Drive has successfully collected 400 pairs of school shoes, which will be distributed to 16 schools in the Frances Baard District. File Picture: Karen Sandison, African News Agency (ANA)

IN A BOLD stride towards enhancing the quality of education and ensuring the well-being of students, the Unamandla Isagoentle Foundation, in collaboration with the Provincial Department of Education and Flamingo Sun International, launched a School Shoe Drive in Kimberley recently.

The project was launched under the umbrella of the Social Compact legacy impactful programme, the Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC).

The Unamandla Isagoentle Foundation, is led by 15-year-old Unamandla Vilakazi (Miss Teen Mundial South Africa 2023, and supported by young talents like 15-year-old author Mosimanegape Leeuw, and artist Monwabisi Banjiwe of Amandla Dança Teatro.

Bangiwe showcased the power of youth in driving positive change through art during the event.

It was attended by the Acting Head of Department, Dr Michelle Ishmail and other officials from the department and other stakeholders.

In a remarkable display of community solidarity, the School Shoe Drive has successfully collected 400 pairs of school shoes, which will be distributed to 16 schools in the Frances Baard District.

Vilakazi, who spoke passionately at the event, emphasized that every child deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams, regardless of their background.

She explained that this initiative does not only provide practical support, but also instils hope and determination in learners and students, empowering them to strive for success.

“The launch of the School Shoe Drive marks a significant milestone in the journey towards achieving quality education for all,” she said.

“It not only addresses the practical needs of students but also symbolizes a collective commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders.”

As the initiative gains momentum, it is poised to make a lasting impact on the educational landscape, paving the way for a brighter future for all.

The project garnered widespread support from various stakeholders including the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), the South African Council for Educators (SACE), and the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), among others.

Private sector entities, recognizing the importance of investing in education, also lent its support to the initiative.

Vilakazi also emphasized the importance of a positive mindset for a positive future, encapsulating the spirit of the School Shoe Drive.

She urged everyone to ‘Spread Love’ and contribute towards creating an environment conducive to learning and growth.

Those who wish to pledge or donate shoes to support the initiative are encouraged to contact Bronwyn Philander at [email protected] or the Provincial QLTC coordinator at the department of education, Yolanda Slade.

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