South Africa — A special trip to Mperebere Primary School has been arranged on May 11 for those who want a glimpse of South African life beyond the borders of the Sun City resort.
The little school in the Ledig village, about four kilometres from Sun City has 544 learners. The children are all from households where putting food on the table is a struggle so many rely on their school for their main daily meal. The school vegetable garden is used to supplement the basic food given to the children as part of the governments school feeding programme.
School principal Caroline Molefi said the children had indirectly suffered with recent job retrenchments in the area and there were some among them who were very, very poor. We would love to show international visitors our school and we would be delighted if they give our vegetable garden, which needs work, a boost, she said.
The delegates partners are being invited to help extend the vegetable garden by breaking new ground and planting seeds and seedlings.
Its a small and fun gesture to mark this major international event and will leave a legacy in a community close to the conference venue, said Mary Gubb, social development co-ordinator for the Working on Fire Programme.
After the planting the group will learn how to make a South African flag with beads which they can take home as a souvenir. Each participant will be asked to make a R300 donation to the school which will also receive the aprons and gloves used by the gardeners in the planting of the vegetable garden.