Lindile Secondary School receives support from deputy minister

Lindile Secondary School’s girl learners received sanitary towels from Clear Choice Builders working with the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Thabang Makwetla, last Friday.

The prime objective of the initiative is to reduce absenteeism and school drop-outs among female learners without access to affordable and durable sanitary products.

Through this initiative, the Deputy Minister aims to restore the confidence and dignity of young girls while enabling them to attend school uninterruptedly.

The handover preceded an official announcement for the adoption of the school to benefit from the offender labour programme driven by the Department of Correctional Services.

This adoption will see Lindile High receiving an array of services such as cleaning, gardening and maintenance work, provided by offenders and parolees as part of their rehabilitation and reintegration back into society.

Mr Makwetla gave the keynote address, encouraging the learners to be self-sufficient and remove outside influences that derail their education.

“We are not just here for the girls only, but for the boys as well, to tell them we care for them and they must focus on education and education alone,” Mr Makwetla said.

Clear Choice Builders representative, Ms Sizakele Manonga, gave a motivational speech, encouraging the girls to take pride in themselves, their health and encouraged them to avoid absenteeism by using free government resources that are available to them.

Lindile principal Mr J.Z Dlamini thanked the visitors for their charitable donation and assured them the school would work hand in hand with Correctional Services for the betterment of the school and community.

 

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Amanda Mthembu
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