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DBE and donors provide relief to communities affected by the KwaZulu-Natal floods

The DBE and the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Education Department are encouraged by the generous donations aimed at getting schooling in the KwaZulu-Natal Province back on track, following the severe flooding earlier this year. This week, Deputy Minister, Dr Reginah Mhaule, handed over school uniforms, stationery packs, hygiene packs and water bottles to several KZN schools affected by the floods. The Global Fund Adolescents and Young People (AYP), on behalf of the AIDS Foundation South Africa (AFSA), put aside R5 million towards this substantial donation. In addition, Deputy Minister Mhaule also handed over United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hygiene packs to the value of R750,000. 

Briefing the Deputy Minister on the state of system readiness ahead of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations, Dr JB Mthembu, the Deputy Director-General for Curriculum Management and Delivery at the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department, said that the Province has been working hard to prepare learners for the final year examinations. “Education districts have done exceptionally well in administering learners support programmes to ensure that the majority of learners were enabled to pursue bachelor studies at institutions of higher learning and training. “I would like to thank Global Fund Adolescents and Young People (AYP) and UNSCO for the donation; this will encourage our learners to remain committed and focused and to complete their studies”.

Deputy Minister Mhaule extended her gratitude to the AYP Programme and UNESCO for the compassion demonstrated. “We warmly accept this act of solidarity amid the devastation caused by the floods, which have left more than 630 schools in distress. Beyond the damage to school infrastructure, the floods had a negative impact on the livelihoods of communities, learners included. The eThekwini District is among the hardest hit districts: thousands of homes were damaged and destroyed, resulting in people being homeless and subsequently housed at shelters. Among the worst affected are school-going learners who lost their belongings and school books. Over 400 people perished during the floods. In the region, 258 people also died during the July riots, in addition to more who died due to COVID-19. Most of them were breadwinners, mothers, grandmothers and fathers of the children attending this event. We consider the extension of a helping hand to our people as a sign that we are not alone in our hour of need. We appreciate the gesture and wish all organisations involved success and many more milestones in service to humanity”.

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