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Playground handed over to Hluhluwe Public Primary School.

posted 6 Aug 2014, 08:23 by ntobeko dlamini

Studies suggest that kids who play outside are healthier and happier, unfortunately learners from previously disadvantaged schools in South Africa still lack the most basic outdoor playing necessities such as jungle gyms, swings and see saws. Smiles were tangible among learners and parents on Friday, 25 July 2014 at Hluhluwe Public Primary School, as the Star For Life Mobile Health Unit team handed over the playground equipment for Grade ‘R’ learners.

Grade 'R' learners at the school on top of the jungle gym.

 This event was initially planned for the Nelson Mandela day, which is celebrated internationally by ordinary members of the community by dedicating their time to help for a great course, but due to schools winter vacations it was only handed over on Friday.

Learners climbing the jungle gym.   

 

Speaking at the event on Friday the Star For Life Executive Director Dr. Per Strand said; “We did not need Madiba to tell us to love and take care of our children, but it was Madiba who made us aware that society will only develop if we understand how to recognize and nurture the leadership that children can provide. It is I the sprit of Madiba’s wisdom that we initiate this partnership between SFL and the school.” Dr. Per Strand. Hluhluwe Public Primary School is among the eight primary schools to be partnered with the Star For Life Primary Schools Program me next year.

 

The Star for Life Mobile Health Unit Manager Scebile Nsele and the organizer of the event noted that playing is crucial for children’s educational, emotional, social and physical development skills. “Nowadays, children obesity is a growing issue in the world and that is due to the fact that kids spend most of their time indoors watching TV or playing computer games. Playing outdoors makes children happier and smarter".

 

The enchanted school principal Mr. Maphanga praised Star For Life said; “Playing in a jungle gym is the best way for learners to exercise and have fun, it has always been our dream to have Star For Life in our school and we believe it’s going to be a fruitful partnership ”, said Mr. Maphanga.

 

Star For Life would’ve not made this a reality if it wasn’t for generous sponsors and stakeholders who are committed towards empowering young people. The funds for this playground were sourced from the Protea Hotel and Spar Hluhluwe. 

 

 

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