Teach2Teach, an organisation that equips teachers at underprivileged schools with the necessary skill sets to help them perform their duties, and its corporate sponsor, FOXit, shared the Madiba magic with children from the Itumuleng Lethabong Preschool in Irene Extension 2, Gauteng.
Last week, in honour of Mandela Day, the company used its 67-minute contribution to focus its attention outside of the classroom and help revamp the school's premises by constructing a sensory garden for children. This involved planting a range of herbs and flowers that visitors to see, smell, touch and taste explains Wendy Watson-van Tonder, spokesperson for the initiative.
"We wanted to do something that would leave a lasting impression, a project that would not only be of value on this day but every day going forward. We also wanted to use the opportunity to remind our learners of the need to help things grow. It is a great initiative that we are sure will add meaning and value in years to come," she explains.Getting hands dirty
Management and staff from FOXit assisted the organisers. The Centurion-based company is an official partner and sponsor of Teach2Teach and its affiliation forms part of a focused, strategic BBBEE and corporate social responsibility programme.
Chairperson Mike Fox-Martin and other members of staff did not mind getting their hands dirty in this effort to improve the environment. The children were joined by learners from The Cornwall Hill Preschool who joined their newfound friends in a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' in honour of Madiba.
All were then given the opportunity to plant herbs and flowers as part of an ongoing project to teach children the value of nurturing and sustaining growth in their own gardens.
"We are very proud of the work done. This is an initiative about sustainability, care and dedication, attributes and skills that will help develop the future leaders of South Africa. This is a great event and we are happy to be associated with the effort and offer our continuous support," concluded Watson-van Tonder.