Farm School a beacon of hope in community

The tap that forms part of the water-supply system that supplies water to the school. PHOTO: GYPSEENIA LION

Eersteling Primary School is a small farm school in Kelly’s View just outside Bloemfontein, which caters for children from farms in the surrounding area. The principal, Nicolene Disebo Molatuli, says the school strives to uplift and bring hope of a better future for children from the community.

The school only has four teachers for the 90 learners. According to Molatuli, they also heavily rely on support from the government and the community at large.

“We have two vegetable gardens on the school’s premises that we use to supplement the feeding scheme food we give to the learners every day. The gardens have helped us a lot and we use it to teach the learners how they can maintain a garden. At times when there are many vegetables available, we are also able to give the learners a parcel, which they can take home as the circumstances in the community are dire,” says Molatuli.

The school makes use of a water-supply system, which they received from a sponsor, in an effort to cut costs. The system operates via a borehole, which feeds water into a water tank on a tower. Water is pumped through the system by a merry-go-round that the children play on.

To keep active, the school has extramural activities such as biokinetics for Grade R learners, netball, hockey, soccer and Girl Guides. The school also has a choir that recently represented the Motheo District Farm Schools in a competition. “Our school also has a knitting club where the learners learn to knit blankets, beanies, scarfs and even dolls for them to play with,” says Molatuli.

Molatuli tells Bloemfontein Courant that the school has a personal relationship with parents and guardians to encourage at home participation and to ensure that the learners also receive the necessary support at home.

“Many of the leaners and their families deal with different kinds of social ills. We make sure we sit down with the parents once a term to discuss their children’s progress. We find that this promotes their performance.”

Molatuli has encouraged people who know of families who need a school for their children in the farming communities to contact the school.

If you want to support the school by means of donations for food parcels, please contact the school on 082 842 1020.

Justine Fortuin