‘Adopt’ a grade one and make a difference

Organiser Sylvia Mokuoane

The non-profit organisation, Save a Woman Save a Nation, will for the third time this year present its Adopt a Grade One Child programme, which aims to help disadvantaged learners. Organiser Sylvia Mokuoane, said in an interview that the programme stems from the need to protect and nurture both the boy and girl child from a young age to avoid childhood trauma arising from an unstable growing environment and circumstances.

The programme will cater to highly disadvantaged grade one learners from three public primary schools in Thaba Nchu, Free State. Mokuoane reflected back on her school days where she did not have things easy.

“I just knew things were different for me. So, I acted differently, I shied away from raising my hand in class. I found a hiding spot for my lunch breaks. I had nothing cool to offer to a lunch break friend, so why have one… I thought to myself,” said Mokuoane.

The aim of the programme is to provide those in need with basic school uniforms and items like stationery at the beginning of each year and nutritional monthly school lunch snacks throughout the year.

Mokuoane plans to find a group of volunteers who are willing to “adopt” one learner, who will then have the option to different commitments. In 2019 the programme assisted 21 grade one learners and in 2020 a number of 6 grade one learners and 23 grade two learners were assisted.

To assist in this good cause, please send an email to silvia.mokuane5@gmail.com

Pierce van Heerden