‘Big change starts with small change’

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Eunice High school principal, Zinette de Wet, hugging Katriena Ketso, owner of Lesedi Day Care.PHOTOS: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

Eunice High School, together with the primary school, has joined hands to bring change to their city. On Thursday 14 November 2019, the two schools came together to hand over a brand new mobile classroom, together with other essentials, to Lesedi Day Care in Caleb Motsabe, Mafora.

Throughout the year, learners from Eunice took their small change to school every Friday and also had bake sales and other fund raising initiatives to raise funds for the mobile class. High school principal, Zinette de Wet, told Bloemfontein Courant that big change starts with small change and that the project also teaches learners to get involved in the community and to give back.

Learners from Eunice together with principals and teachers at Lesedi Day Care situated in Mafora.

“It is important for schools to create opportunities outside of the classroom. It is wonderful to see the joy on the faces of the little ones but to also observe our ladies and how they learn from this experience,” said De Wet.

From the left are educator at Eunice, Lize-Mari Smit; high school principal, Zinette de Wet; Lesedi Day Care owner, Katriena Ketso and primary school principal, Cindy Harris/.

The project is run by Greenheart Service at Eunice High School and is committed to service, social responsibility and environmental responsibility by selflessly giving of their time to serve their school and the community through hard work and a passion to serve.

According to educator at Eunice, Lize-Mari Smit who runs the programme, the girls (Eunice learners) never leave empty-handed after their visits to Lesedi Day-care as the children always present them with the most beautiful drawings. “We learn so much from these learners and cannot help but to leave their grounds with a smile and a deep sense of appreciation for the things we often take for granted,” Smit said.

Primary school principal, Cindy Harris who was also at the handover, told Bloemfontein Courant that it is wonderful for the two schools to collaborate and come together as a family. “These young children have just received such a big step in the right direction and hopefully our ladies will get much more involved in the community because there is a big need.”

Lesedi Day Care is situated in Mafora, Bloemfontein, and is there for learners between the ages of 0 to 6 years. Katriena Ketso is the teacher and owner of Lesedi Day Care and teaches these learners with limited resources. Despite their socio-economic constraints, Katriena ensures that the learners are school ready when they leave.

In an interview with Bloemfontein Courant an emotional Ketso told journalists that she had no words to describe how happy she was and just felt like crying.

PIERCE VAN HEERDEN
pierce@mahareng.co.za