Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, attended a hand-over ceremony of a generous R1 million as part of the Covid-19 relief efforts at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pretoria on 11 September 2020. In his keynote address, Mr Li Nan, Chargé d'Affaires from the Chinese Embassy, mentioned that, in addition to the 1-million-rand donation, Mr Lin Songtian, former Ambassador of the Republic of China, and President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), will be donating 50,000 masks and 400 forehead thermometers to the DBE. These masks and thermometers with be allocated to the neediest schools in various provinces.
The Northern Cape Department of Education was identified as a recipient for the donation for water tanks to be installed in seven schools within the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality, De Aar. This project will ensure uninterrupted water supply to a total of 2,821 learners in the province.
“It is my honour and privilege to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the People’s Republic of China, for the contribution of water tanks, masks and thermometers to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to support the reopening of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. We remain committed to strengthening our technical cooperation in the field of basic education, particularly in critical fields such as Mathematics, Science and Technology - as some of the building blocks for the growth of knowledge economies in our respective countries. The provision of ICT facilities in the schooling sector has become an increasingly urgent need for bridging the digital divide, and allowing education ministries to exploit all possibilities of providing education through ICTs – thereby ensuring that no child is left behind during the pandemic and beyond,” said the Minister.
In her conclusion, Minister Motshekga gave the reassurance that the DBE and the Education Sector will remain steadfast in the quest to ensure that the right of every child’s education is protected – whilst also ensuring that all precautions are taken to protect the lives of the learners, teachers and all school support staff.