Learnership launched at Pholoho

At the launch of the learnership programme at Pholoho School were from the left, back: Mr B. Wiso (learner), Mrs J Nameng (educator), Mrs L Schoeman (occupational therapist), Mrs M du Toit (Head of department), Mrs H van Twisk (PMI), Mrs M Mokone (educator), Mr T Mokgoele (facilitator, PMI); front: Ms S Pritchard (PMI), Mrs S Chakane (Director: Tau Pele) and Mrs J Thothela (Principal). PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

Tau Pele and PMI recently invested in a learnership programme for 10 former learners from Pholoho School in Phahameng.
Pholoho School is a school for severely intellectually disabled (SID) learners and currently has 544 learners ranging from the age 6 -18 years. Most of the learners are from disadvantaged communities and are transported to and from school daily. The National School Nutrition Programme provides one meal per day.
Learners leaving school have little hope of finding a job and live on their disability grant. They have a need to be active, productive members of the community.
The school started Khanyeng Recycle Swop Shop which aims to provide jobs for learners leaving the school after turning 18.
The 10 learners in the programme are doing NQF1 Business Practice.They are doing their practical in Khanyeng Swop Shop. After completion, they will receive a NQF1 Seta Certificate.
The swop shop takes in waste as a commodity and swops it for needed items such as food and clothes. For the shop to grow and be viable, the school needs more waste that the learners can bring to school.
The school takes plastic (marked 1-7 at the bottom in a small triangle), cans (cold drink, beer, food, etc.), glass, paper and metal.
Individuals and businesses who are interested in donating waste to the centre can contact Ms Schoeman (084-860-9058) or Ms Du Toit (082-577-8085) to arrange for collection.