The NECT envisages an education system where learners are given a conducive environment to strive. With this being said, for the Nelson Mandela Day event, the NECT approached the Bojanala district Director, Ms P Mokhutle, to select one of its FSS. Vukuzenzele Primary School was selected. The school was then approached to list their needs analysis, thereafter the Leadership and Management Change agent and the local Project office were in communications with the school.
Vukuzenzele Primary school, comprises of 1455 learners, ±700 of those learners being the Foundation phase (Grade 1-3). By virtue, it is pivotal for a foundation phase learner to indulge in outdoor activities, not only is this an outdoor activity, but one that develops their motor and fine skills which ultimately completes the definition of early childhood development.
It is against this background that the school requested the NECT for a jungle gym as the school had only had one, which was being utilized by the Grade R learners only. The NECT welcomed the request and had made the necessary arrangements.
On Friday, 12 August 2016, the Nelson Mandela day event took place at the said school. Two jungle gyms were built with the hope that each grade would have their own. The NECT avoided making the day as one where, only jungle gyms were being installed but instead included activities for the day. These activities included netball, volley ball and indigenous games, which the school learners as well as the NECT employees got involved in. A symbolic handover of the jungle gym had taken place. The NECT handed over to the school, this was done by the School Governing Body members who were amongst us. The NECT representative, Khaya Tyayta, had made a profound statement: “this day embodies Nelson Mandela’s values, amongst many other, things education and children were at the heart of Nelson Mandela and so sports, which was seen as something that brings cohesion. With that said, the name of the school is self-explanatory vukani nizenzele ikusasa elihle aspire to be presidents, business people, social workers, teachers and etc”
The School and SGB members had embraced us (NECT) with gratitude for sponsoring the jungle gyms, they had further mentioned that they valued the programme of the day which included indigenous games, and this was a reminder of who we are.