Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has recently donated 460 DeskBags to learners of the Dominican School for Deaf Children in Hammanskraal, near Pretoria. Users of the bag are able to carry books and stationery in the main compartment, while a reinforced flap also provides instant desk support.
The donation will prove highly beneficial for the school's learners, as about 89% of the students come from impoverished backgrounds and are largely unable to acquire basic educational resources. The school currently has more than 400 enrolled students aged between three and 25, and employs 47 teachers.
Commitment to educational upliftment
Desagen Moodley, HR director of Janssen South Africa, confirmed that the company's association with the Dominican School for Deaf Children and DeskBags is linked to its commitment to educational upliftment.
"Education is a key area of need in South Africa and is one of the company's social investment focus points. Janssen has been involved in many educational initiatives over the years and we often take a leading role in the improvement and upliftment of existing education initiatives for adults and children in urban and rural areas.
"We are delighted that we are able to maintain this support by providing DeskBags to all the children at the Dominican School for Deaf Children. With company initiatives such as these, the school will be able to take a significant step towards its goal of providing quality education in a safe environment."
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