Ekurhuleni - Teaching and learning will never be the same again at Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, after learners on Monday received computers, educational and sport equipment donations.
Learners were full of smiles when they saw their 15 new computers, tables and chairs, and sporting equipment from the Chinese Embassy during an Imbizo led by President Jacob Zuma.
The President visited the school with Chinese Ambassador Tian Xuejun, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi on a follow up visit on requests made by the school during an Imbizo that was conducted in July this year as part of Mandela Day commemorations.
It was in July when the School Governing Body Chairperson Freddie Khoza underscored the need for computers for learners as key to the school, as the laboratory of the school was emptied due to break-ins in the past three years.
Khoza had also requested for a netball field in the school premises and for the ground around the classrooms to be paved.
The school is currently providing education to 697 learners through 20 educators, from Grade R to seven. Most learners come from poor family backgrounds.
The Chinese Embassy had then committed to make donations before the end of the year and they have delivered accordingly today.
Today's visit forms part of the Imbizo Focus Week, which is a uniquely South African channel of direct face-to-face communication and interaction between government through its publicly elected representatives and members of the community.
The school also received sporting equipment such as Table Tennis and soccer and Netball balls from the Embassy.
Addressing the learners during assembly, President Jacob Zuma encouraged learners to prioritise education and make use of technology to become better persons.
He said China is assisting South Africa to become a smart country and it is teaching South Africa how to use technology to run the country's economy.
He expressed gratitude to Ambassador Xuejun for his commitment and consistency in delivering on his promises.
President Zuma said South Africa and China have a serious relationship that must be taken seriously, as China helped South Africa to liberate its people.
The school Principal Sarah Mahlagare thanked the Chinese Embassy for the donations.
"This is going to leave a positive impact on our learners. When they go to High School they will be computer literate and it will make it easy for them to cope with learning," said Mahlagare.
Minister Motshekga hoped that the community of Tembisa will respect the time allocated for learners to use computers. She commended Gauteng Education Department for leading with e-education which will eventually see textbooks being phased out.
Ambassador Xuejun said he felt honoured to visit to the school for the second time and he is happy that he played part in South Africa's education.
"The children are the future of the nation and the hope for our friendship," said Xuejun.
Source: South African Government News Agency