Caption: Mkhomazi Primary School in Breyton, Mpumalanga has received stationery supplies to the value of R16 000 thanks to Grade 6 English Teacher, Thembi Dlamini, who spotted Sea Harvest’s ‘Back to School’ Facebook competition. Little did she know that by winning this competition, she would also be walking away with R1000 for herself!
Mkhomazi Primary School is located in a very small mining town in Mpumalanga where the unemployment rate is 70% and learners are faced with extreme poverty and many social challenges. Grade 6 English Teacher, Thembi Dlamini, is always looking for ways to help improve the situation at her school, whether it is sourcing donations of shoes for orphans in her class or finding more textbooks. Winning the Sea Harvest Back to School Competition was one way that Dlamini could help make a practical difference.
The prize money has been invested wisely into additional resources for the school. The school chose to purchase 50 atlases, 50 dictionaries, pens and pencils with the prize money. Golf shirts that have the school logo embroidered on them were also purchased for the staff members. "The atlases and dictionaries are very helpful for the learners," explains Dlamini. "They use dictionaries almost every day and across every subject and teaching map work has become so much easier now that we have atlases that the children can reference. The teachers wear their golf shirts every Friday and it gives us all a sense of belonging and purpose at the school," she says. With the R1000 prize that Dlamini won for herself, she chose to purchase a cell phone.
"We are so glad that the prize money has been put to good use, and that learning will be that much easier for the learners at Mkhomazi Primary School," says Nazli Philander, Sea Harvest Brand Manager. "Thembi is one of this country’s unknown heroes whose efforts we are pleased to support," she states.