Tswellang Special School gets overhaul

Taking part in the upgrades at Tswellang are from the left: Kedi Moshodi, Puleng Sekoere, Neo Mokhati, Grace Masiss, Alet Faber and Caroline Nyahuye. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

Members of the Department of Education, 130 employees of Coca-Cola as well as other stakeholders rolled up their sleeves to improve facilities at Tswellang Special Intermediate School in Phahameng, last week. Voice visited the school where spirits were high as people were working all over the grounds on Monday and Tuesday.

According to Coca-Cola CSI specialist, Kedi Moshodi, Tswellang was chosen as it had a great need for better facilities in order to cater to learners from all over the province with various physical and developmental impairments. “We will be painting, gardening and erecting a sign board today. Employees were responsible for all of this work as well as taking in donated blankets,” said Moshodi.

A local female contractor was also recruited by the company to complete other much needed improvements. “This is tiling, fixing of toilets as well as replacing doors and windows,” explained Moshodi.

According to Tswellang Head of Department (HOD), Grace Masisi, it is important to upgrade the school in order to meet the growing demands of children with special needs. Pupils of the school are encouraged to engage in arts and crafts such as bead making to better their skills in greater society.

Participants in the project were in the hall cutting wood and drilling while others were painting walls and cleaning around a junglegym. “We are doing something that will improve the lives of the children who school here and that is what is most important,” said Motsamae Lerwala. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele