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Makro applauds top principals

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To coincide with the recent National Youth Month celebrations, the Gauteng Department of Education, under the direction of Gugu Khumalo of the Johannesburg East District, identified 18 disadvantaged schools across six districts that have achieved outstanding results during the 2006 academic year.

Makro, one of Massmart’s retail chains, donated a total R540 000 for the ‘Excellence in Education Award’. Each of the winning schools will receive a R30 000 Makro voucher to be spent on classroom materials and sports equipment for their schools.

Schools exist in a complex hi-tech society with many challenges and opportunities. School leaders face the challenge of transforming schools to comply with rapidly changing policies as well ensuring that the full potential of every learner is unlocked to meet the needs of a challenging society.

“The Makro donation to all the participating schools goes a long way in achieving this end,” says Niths Palani, head of the partnerships unit. “In bridging the divide in education especially for the most disadvantaged in our communities we need to develop a strategy for ensuring that all children have access to the kind of education that will prepare them for the challenges of the 21st Century. So if we want to create not just a school of excellence but a country of stability then we need to make an investment in our children to enable them to reap the necessary benefits for all.

“The combined interests of Massmart and the GDE act as building blocks, shaping the future of this country for our present day matriculants the future matriculants. This collaborative partnership among educators, school districts, parents, volunteers, corporate interests, and communities attests to the effectiveness of this approach,” he says.

An essential part of this process is the Policy and Planning Partnership Unit in each of the 15 Districts in the Gauteng Province and their role in facilitating an enabling environment for corporate social investment.
Makro’s HR director Thuli Mpshe says that the principals from all of the schools are to be congratulated on their excellent results. “They certainly are shining examples of those who are making a difference under extremely difficult conditions and circumstances. Of course without our partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education, which started last year, we would never have been able to identify the winning schools, and we look forward to working with them on future projects, and continuing this relationship and partnership.”
Group corporate affairs executive of Massmart, Brian Leroni says: “As a company we are committed to spending one percent of profit after tax on education and we see the 2006 achievers as worthy winners and congratulate them for their excellent achievements and wish them continued success.”

The results of the participating schools are:

2005 2006

1. Ivory Park Secondary 99,3
2. Allanridge Secondary 64,7 82,9
3. Alex high 71,09 82,3

Ekurhuleni South
1. Masithwalisane 70,88 98,2
2. Alafang 58,62 71,91
3. Phumulani 64,89 68,22

JHB South
1. Zakariya Park 91,8 95,6
2. Eldorado Park Sec 97 98,6
3. Bhukulani 85 97,6

Tshwane North 1. Botse botse High 81,9 85
2. Soshanguve High 76,57 82
3. Kgomotso Sec 67,32 71,24

Tshwane South 1. Bokgoni Technical High 90 100
2. Phatheng 79,5 95,69
3. Solomon Mahlangu 69,4 94,87

JHB West
1. P.J. Simelane 96,4 99
2. Forte Secondary 85,23 90
3. Sebatsa Secondary 81,91 85
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