KNYSNA NEWS - Georlene Wolmarans and Rockercen Stationery have made sure that the Grade 12 learners at Percy Mdala High School are well-prepared for their final exams.
On Friday, October 16, the matric class in Khayalethu was delighted when the Knysna's executive mayor Georlene Wolmarans and Nicola Wicks, the project manager of the Step-Up Stationery Box project, handed out large zip-lock bags filled with good-quality stationery to see them through their final exams and beyond.
Wicks said that Step-Up Stationery Box is an initiative of Rockercen Stationery (trading in Gauteng, Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Knysna) that has supplied schools for over 24 years. “Over the years a desperate need has been identified for quality stationery to reach socially disadvantaged and underprivileged children and their educators whose education is hampered by limited stationery tools.”
When Wolmarans handed out the bags, she wished the children the best of luck for the future. Each bag was filled with colour fibre pens, ballpoint pens, pencils, a pair of scissors, two large sticks of glue as well as a mathematical set.
Wicks said that it was through the Santa Shoebox Project, of which she is an accredited coordinator, that a potential method of getting support to a vast number of vulnerable and disadvantaged learners was identified.
“From the inception we worked very closely with Amangwe Village who assisted us in our mission to reach the most inaccessible and destitute facilities in KwaZulu Natal. During the past year, we have been working through the Knysna Educational Trust pursuing the same mission to reach the most inaccessible and destitute facilities in the Western Cape,” she said.
“Most, if not all, of the learners of the identified schools come from impoverished backgrounds and many from child-headed households. After many months of hard work and many, many miles of searching through the rural areas, we have identified and reached the most vulnerable and destitute crèches, care centres and schools that need support," she said.
She added that, based on community needs assessment, it has been determined that nearly 25% of the population in the precincts where the project is being implemented have no income. "This indicates the dependency on social grants and service delivery and other support,” she said.
A stationery hand-out was also planned at Concordia High School this week.