Impoverished community school, Nebo Primary in Ravensmead refuses to take a back step and make do with their situation. Under the leadership of Acting Principal Karin Williams, the Nebo Project is setting an example of how community schools can take charge and empower themselves. Nebo Primary, situated in the poor community of Ravensmead, which is associated with unemployment, poverty, crime and substance abuse, strives to make a difference in the lives of their learners.
Last night Project Nebo was launched at Nebo Primary, encouraging local businesses to adopt different areas of the school. Copytype General Manager and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, DavidFulton said that, “Children are the ‘soft underbelly’ of our society, we need to educate and look after them, they are our future captains of society. It is important for business and society to partner and help schools such as Nebo Primary with structural rehabilitation and skills development.” Kobus van Zyl from Huisvriend added, “Although the government is doing a lot, they can’t do it alone; it is important for businesses and communities to pool their strengths together and help build a better society.”
Dave Talbot from Building Exciting Education Trust (BEE Trust), understands the needs of struggling schools in communities, “It is important for us to make a difference to lives of children especially at a young age, as this moulds the attitudes with which the children go to higher grades, and ultimately life.”
Inspired by Nebo Primary’s own determination and resourcefulness, Peninsula Beverages (PenBev) embraced the opportunity to get involved in this community project and donated 21 Personal Computers to the school’s computer lab. “Technology plays an important role in today’s society, and children need to be equipped to deal with the demands of a technology driven society,” said Bruce Carter, Chief Information Officer from PenBev. “With the internet expected to grow by 37% this year, we cannot afford to not invest in empowering our children with information technology skills.”
Carter continued, “We look forward to helping to make a difference in terms of both our social and environmental responsibilities; in addition to the computers, members of PenBev’s Information Services Department will also be investing their time on a regular basis to monitor the donated equipment and to spend time at the school.” Carter added, “We would like to thank the following vendors for their participation in the process: Dimension Data, Internet Solutions, Axiom Systems, Olympic Cables, SecureData and Richard Basiak.”
Williams concluded by saying, “In the words of Hodding Carter, ‘There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.’ There is no way that we would have been able to build and get the school back on its feet without the support that we have received. For the past forty-six years, we have been unwavering in our determination to make a positive difference in the lives of our learners; it is essential for us to foster skills in them that will give them the opportunities to rise above their roots.”
There are many areas of the school that need refurbishment such as the garden, netball court, and administration area; companies are encouraged to ‘bid’ for different areas of the school that they will then adopt and be responsible for maintainin
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