Clarks Kicks for Soul of Africa World Cup a Huge Success part 2
Next Patrick takes me to the proposed site for the new computer room that we’ll be building thanks to Clarks. “We are a Primary School with a High School next to us. The High school has computers and when our children get there they are totally unprepared as most of them will never have turned a computer on before. Some other primary schools in the area who join to the same High School will have a few computers so they have experience but our kids are left behind before they start,” says Patrick.
Housing 25 computer work stations, most of which have already been donated by a local bank, the computer room will help take this school to another level. Unemployment in South Africa is rampant and these children need all the help they can get to prevent set backs later on in life.
Below: Proposed site for new computer room
“We will get a new computer person to come in and help teach the children, they will be able to teach other subjects so we will be able to “kill 2 stones with one bird!” I have the hugest smile on my face but don’t have the heart to correct Patrick’s mistake. “I have already been talking to the local resource center so we can set up training courses,” he says. “We will also allow the community to come in between 1.30 and 3.30pm so they can also benefit as the resource center will hold computer courses for older learners.” As Patrick grins and puffs out his chest he says, “This will help all the children go further in life and allow them a better chance to get a job when they leave. I feel so proud.”
Below: Patrick and pupils shouting their hello’s and thanks to all at Clarks.
The bell sounds end of lunchtime and as the children are trundling back to their classrooms, Patrick stops 13 year old pupil Purity Slungile and asks her in Zulu to tell me just how much the changes thanks to Clarks and Soul Of Africa, are going to be bringing to her life. A tall girl with a shy smile Purity tells me in English that the old toilets are terrible and that she feels very happy to be having new ones. “A new computer room means a lot to me as it means I can learn and get a better job when I leave school. If I have a better job I can help my family to buy food and clothes.” There are currently 63 children in Purity’s classroom. “A new class room will mean we will have not so many children in one class so we can learn better and hear the teacher.” When I ask about her family, I note a fleeting sadness in Purity’s eyes, “I live with my grandmother,” she says, “My dad died and my mum ran away. I have a sister who is 18 and two brothers who are 15 and 13.”
Below: Purity Slungile