Out of the ashes of the fire-ravaged schools in troubled Vuwani, the seed of an initiative to rescue the pupils – disenfranchised in the violence-torn area of rural Limpopo by an orgy of arson and vandalisation of more than 20 schools and the closure of a total of 69 – has been planted.
The National Education Collaboration Trust has joined hands with nongovernmental organisations Section 27, Basic Education for All, the Helen Suzman Foundation and Kagiso Trust to do something praiseworthy and concrete to address what is a looming chasm in the continuity of education in the area.
The objective behind the joint plan was to secure funding and in-kind contributions to support efforts to restore learning and teaching in Vuwani.
Within a few hours of the appeal, the partners secured a pledge of R1 million and a donation of 1 000 chairs and tables to replace those lost in the mindless infernos.
The true beauty of the initiative, if allowed to flourish, is that the benevolence of the private sector in times of real strife will be of real benefit to the most vulnerable of all South African citizens, our children.