Students receiving their donated PPE
Thomas Rasehloka and Bulelwa Mnguni
The French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (F’SASEC) strives to ensure all resources are available for students to meet their full potential during its programme. It therefore donates personal protective equipment (PPE) to its students each year. So, on 14 May 43 PPE packages were donated to students enrolled at F’SASEC VUT since February. F’SASEC believes that, besides being a safety requirement, such donations support and motivate students to reach for new heights.
Upon the arrival of the donations, students were notified and gathered excitedly, now ready to prepare for their practical exams. Riaan Greeff: F’SASEC co-ordinator availed himself to give further information on the importance of PPE in this environment and why such donations are vital to disadvantaged students.
He highlighted that a student should not be deprived the right to education just because they do not have relevant clothing for the laboratory.
“This has been the culture of the training centre and this is what makes the training centre different from the other training centres,” he said.
F’SASEC student Ms Thokozile More expressed her delight and gratitude at receiving the gift: “I am happy to have received a donation such as this. It is required that every student has PPE to enter the electric lab and not all of us can afford to buy this equipment because it is very expensive. I’d like to thank F’SASEC VUT for their donation. This has brought so much financial relief to me and my family and now I will be able to participate in the practical class with less distractions,” she said.
Students with the coordinator – Riaan Greef
The programme’s workshop practical exams will take place in July. F’SASEC lecturers and lab assistants are going all out to ensure students are well prepared. The PPE donation couldn’t have come at a better time because now all students can enter the lab and participate in the practical training that backs up their theory.
F’SASEC offers various programmes, such as electrical engineering at artisan level, domestic installation and industrial installation.
PPE is a standard requirement to enter and work in an electrical lab or environment and that makes it essential for the training and participation of the students in the course. Every year, since the centre of excellence was established, PPE has been given to each student enrolled for the programme.