Learners from the Fortune Kunene Primary School rejoiced when they receive two mobile classrooms courtesy of a donation from the PCBT (Peermont Community Benefit Trust), a trust established by the Peermont group. Peermont, the owners and operators of Emperors Palace, are committed to improving the quality of education of children in need. In 2015 Peermont’s charitable contributions to various community projects amounted to R34 243 164-00.
On March 17th, 2016 the two Grade R classrooms valued at R600 000-00, were officially opened by Mr. Vusi Zwane, Peermont Group Corporate Affairs Executive.
Grade R prepares the child for formal schooling while improving his or her capacity to develop life-long learning. An improved or quality Grade R education changes the child’s dynamics for the rest of his life. In 2013, the trustees of the PCBT approved the roll out of the Grade project. The project seeks to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Grade R, in order to enable a greater number of learners to perform better throughout their schooling life as well as increase the number of learners eligible to select Maths in Grade 10. The project plan has been designed to provide a holistic, stimulating teaching and learning environment where children can learn, explore and discover their wondrous world.
The Grade R project was initially rolled out to four schools, namely:-
Reahile Primary School, R.P. Mapanzela Primary School – Katlehong
Fortune Kunene Primary School, Nageng Primary School – Vosloorus
330 children across 10 classes – 10 practitioners
The Everite classrooms were chosen by the trustees as they are fully insulated and offered the best quality. The classrooms are 69sq. metres in size and light and airy, giving the children plenty of room to learn and take part in activities and crafts, essential for learning at this age.
“On behalf of the staff, school governing body, learners and community of Fortune Kunene we wish to express our sincere gratitude to Peermont Community Benefit Trust for all that they have done for us. We were all very excited when you built us the two mobile classes and grateful for the electricity supplied by Elto National Electricity. We wholeheartedly thank Peermont for organising this valuable donation,” said Thabo Milton Maruping, Principal of Fortune Kunene Primary.
“When the situation of overcrowding was brought to our attention we responded swiftly to alleviate the situation at the school. This is a welcome donation that, we hope, will help alleviate the problem of overcrowded classrooms at some of our township schools. We hope that this donation will contribute immensely to the teaching and learning environment at the school,” said Mr. Vusi Zwane, Peermont Group Corporate Affairs Executive.
“Teaching in an overcrowded classrooms can be stressful for both the educators and learners and increases classroom discipline issues.” continued Mr. Zwane.
Fortune Kunene is one of the best schools in the Vosloorus area due to a principal with vision and fortitude. The Grade R class similarly is beautiful and well run. However, it is overcrowded due to a lack of space at the school, both of the Grade R classes are housed in one classroom (73 children). There are 2 Grade R practitioners and both have shown dedication and enthusiasm throughout the duration of the project, despite their difficult, cramped circumstances.