Mobile unit for Breidbach pupils
A JOYFUL noise and an atmosphere of excitement were evident in the Breidbach community when a new mobile kitchen could be seen being ferried over the Breidbach bridge on Friday afternoon.
A truck escorted by a convoy of vehicles, led by excited Breidbach Primary School (BPS) principal, staff members, governing body members and parents drew attention from onlookers, as sirens sounded en route to the school.
The fully-equipped mobile kitchen, sponsored by Game stores, was placed on a cement slab specifically built for it, close to the administration block at the school. KwaZulu-Natal based Container Conversions truck driver, Thamsanqa Mtshali was full of praise for the foundation.
An elated BPS principal, Ivan Harry, said Game’s head office in KwaZulu-Natal approached the education department to identify a school for the kitchen and is over the moon that his school was one of the beneficiaries.
“I am overwhelmed, ecstatic and excited that Breidbach Primary is one of the beneficiaries and I can only attribute it to the hard work, commitment and dedication of the staff, governing body and the parents for their loyalty to the school,” Harry said.
“There will be an official opening next quarter where we are planning to invite various stakeholders to share in our excitement,” he said.
Governing body chairperson, Deon Alexander, echoed his sentiments and said: “The foundation of the slab was prepared by parents with children at the school and I can only take my hat off to them as the worked around the clock to complete it”.
“We as a school acknowledge the EC Department [of education’s] commitment towards teaching and learning, which cannot happen effectively if pupils are hungry. [We also thank the department for] their collaborative working with our school in ensuring the smooth running of the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP),” educator and coordinator of the nutrition programme at the school, Melanie Kennedy, said
“I want to thank all stakeholders like our principal, our food suppliers, our volunteer food handlers and the staff of BPS for their dedication and diligence in making this programme a highly successful operation in the feeding of 1070 pupils daily.
“I want to extend my sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Game who supported this vision of government by donating a fully equipped mobile kitchen to our school. It is most gratifying to experience their contribution in improving the lives of our underprivileged pupils and to enable us to meet our mandate to ensure quality basic education.”
Parent Linda Smith said: “On behalf of all parents I would like to thank Game for the sponsorship.”