Community Schools Initiative Week - Premier and MEC Help with School Vegetable Garden | Western Cape Government


Community Schools Initiative Week - Premier and MEC Help with School Vegetable Garden

13 August 2006
Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool and Education MEC Cameron Dugmore will on Wednesday 16 August help children, teachers and parents plant seeds for the vegetable garden of the Kenmere Primary School in Kensington (08h00). This is part of the Community Schools Initiative week of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) which kicked off today.

This will become an annual feature under the overall banner of the Learning Cape Festival. During this week (August 14 to 18) some 200 primary and high schools throughout the province are involved in community outreach programmes.

This morning MEC Dugmore visited the St Paul 's Farm School in Faure, where he handed out vegetables to the surrounding community with the learners and teachers.

At the Noluthando School for the Deaf in Khayelitsha, the school informed MEC Dugmore of their various community outreach activities; and in Kuilsriver, MEC Dugmore visited the Sarepta Old Age Home with learners from the Alta du Toit Special School.

This week MEC Dugmore will be visiting more schools, and assist in planting seeds for a vegetable garden; painting toilets; clean-up the school yard; launch the Lentegeur Education Foundation; and help distribute blankets and food to residents in an informal settlement in Mitchell's Plain.

Programme: Wednesday 16 August

08h00 - 08h30:

Visit Kenmere Primary School with Premier, planting seeds for vegetable garden

08h40 - 09h00:

Wingfield Primary School (painting of toilets)


Visit Zola Secondary (school is teaching parents of grade 11 learners basic computer skills and giving them email addresses)


Visit Inthando Yethu Community Learning Centre (school to start with its first literacy classes for members of the community they have just recruited)


Visit Kalkfontein Primary, with MEC Uys (medical personnel sets up clinic in school building, community invited for check-ups)

Thursday 17 August


Launch of the Lentegeur Education Foundation, ten schools from community, Lentegeur Civic Centre, Mitchell's Plain


Westridge High School , join school in handing out blankets and food at nearby informal settlement

Friday 18 August

09h00 - 10h45:

Keynote Address Youth Leadership and Safe Schools - Cumberland Hotel, Worcester .


Visit Esselenpark Senior Secondary (repairs, cleaning up and painting of flats, letterboxes for each flat unit)


Rawsonville Primary (cleaning up school grounds, involving unemployed parents, launch of literacy campaign for parents, inviting parents into school, SAPS talks on safety, puppet shows, march against child abuse and drugs, soup for the community)


Goudinibad Primary (painting, clean toilets, gardening, SAPS talks on safety, puppet shows)


Slanghoek Primary (decorate the school entrance, build a rock garden, painting of school)

For enquiries:
Gert Witbooi
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Office of the MEC for Education
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