Donations benefit a school and its community

Donations benefit a school and its community

FSASEC donates garden equipment’s

Selina Rapulane

As the world celebrated the legend and his service to others, Schneider Electric South Africa, in partnership with The Vaal University of Technology Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park (VUT SGSTP), Habitat for Humanity South Africa, French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (F’SASEC), and the Community Development Organisation, contributed towards the development of Isiboniso Combined School in Orange Farm, Gauteng.

This project started in 2015 with the donation and installation by Schneider Electric of two ready-made classrooms and solar lighting.

During this day’s program, different speakers took turns to address the learners about the importance of Mandela Day and how they plan to develop the school.

Professor Alexandre Sebastiani: Director of F’SASEC, felt privileged to be a part of such a wonderful day: “I am because you are. We need each other to keep on moving forward,” he said while addressing the learners.

Principal Mr. Reginald Nkosi gave an overview of the school’s journey and said how proud he is of the organizations that are bringing change. He said it is not only the school that is benefiting but the community at large as well. “We now have sanitation and running water, and today our learners won’t be sleeping on the floor because of the donations.” Schneider Electric received feedback that their donations have made a huge difference in the level of education and that the number of learners has greatly improved.

After the formal program, Schneider Electric staff painted the Swap Shop and FSASEC students and staff renovated the bathrooms at the school and provided a recycling training in direction of the learners for them to be able to use recyclable items as a currency at the Swap Shop. The donations offered by the FSASEC Team include stationary (diaries, pens, color pencils) for the staff and students at the school and clothes. The French Ministry of Education also took a hand in donating garden tools, toilet papers, eye spectacles and sweets for the learners. “Prof Sebastiani, I thank you,” Principal Reginald Nkosi said emotionally.

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