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An early Christmas with educational support for OVC in Limpopo
The Limpopo First Lady extended a helping hand to provide a gift for educational support.
OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) in partnership with Arise & shine drop-in centre hosted a distribution of school uniform and stationery on the 28 October 2010. About 43 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) from a deep rural village at Makogodu in Moletjie area situated in Limpopo province, received the support of school uniforms. This was a donation from the Limpopo First lady Mrs Mokgadi Mathale. The event ran concurrently with a Kidz Club. Those children who were mostly from disadvantaged families, used to go to school wearing old and worn out school uniform and sometimes went barefoot. This eventually let them feel like they are discriminated against, sidelined, and outsiders amongst their peers at school because of the way their clothing looked like.
Amongst the guests who were present during the occasion was the OLF Staff and its volunteers with their maximum participation and contribution towards the success of the event. The children received the school uniform and stationary (pens, pencil and rubber). You may agree with me that this was the best time specially where children are motivated before starting with their final exams.
The OLF Staff and Arise & Shine project manager and caregivers were grateful to see the children in their new uniforms. Children did poems, they sang traditional songs and danced, showing their appreciation for such a wonderful gift. The OLF Family wellness coordinator Donald Lesele did a motivational speech to encourage children to take education serious and wishing them good luck for their upcoming exams.
These is what school uniform supporters say about the benefit of school uniform :
Supporters of school uniforms point to research that has concluded that requiring children to wear uniforms produces benefits for schools and families,
Supporters say school uniforms improve student performance by eliminating unnecessary distractions over attire.
School uniforms may improve student behaviour and conduct by reinforcing the academic setting.
Student uniforms may improve socialization among students because concerns about status-symbol clothing are reduced Uniforms can save parents money by lessening the pressure on students to have expensive clothes to keep up with fashion.
OLF would like thank the Limpopo First Lady Mrs. M. Mathale (The wife of the Priemier), Arise & Shine Drop-in centre staff and their Project Manager (Mrs Kgashane) for making this kids club school uniform celebration a success.
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