Celebrating Mandela Day with toiletry pack drive
27 August 2021
To celebrate Nelson Mandela Day this year, the staff of the WCED’s Head Office, district offices, and the Ministry of Education, participated in a drive to donate toiletry packs to Grade Rs and 1s. The drive was organised by the Transform to Perform team.
Minister Debbie Schäfer attended the handover events at Portia Primary School and Hyde Park Primary School on the 29th of July. Each pack contained a toothbrush and toothpaste, facecloth, soap, tissues, and a toy or sweet treat. A total of 130 packs were handed out to the learners of Portia PS, and a further 169 packs were handed to the learners at Hyde Park PS. She thanked the WCED staff members who participated in the drive by contributing a pack.
The Minister also had the opportunity to speak to the learners about values in our schools, and how important it is to treat each other with kindness and respect – something we all need to do more of in these difficult times.
As part of the Transform to Perform intervention strategy, we have asked each school to choose the specific values they would like to see represented in their school, and to teach the learners about. Both Portia PS and Hyde Park PS had their chosen values displayed for all to see, and it was evident from how the principals, staff and learners interact with each other that these values have been wholeheartedly embraced – something that Mr Mandela himself would have appreciated and applauded.