Nestlé adopts KwaNonqaba school

Sullivan O'Carroll, Chairman and Managing Director of Nestlé South Africa, and Michael Ncoba, principal of Indwe Secondary School, listen to Ms Muller explaining how the learners' math skills are improving slowly but surely. Photo: Mari Scott

MOSSEL BAY NEWS - Indwe Secondary School in KwaNonqaba is the latest beneficiary of Nestlé South Africa's Adopt-a-School initiative.

Nestlé South Africa launched this initiative at a function at Indwe on Monday, 20 August. The launch was attended by Nestlé South Africa's Chairman and Managing Director, Sullivan O'Carroll, and delegates from the local government, including Councillor Dorothea Nqayi and Circuit Team Manager of the Western Cape Education Department district Thandi Voyi.

Nestlé South Africa is one of the first companies in the country to respond to the recently launched Adopt-a-School campaign. The Accord on Basic Education and Partnerships with Schools campaign, launched in October by Brand South Africa, the Department of Basic Education and the National Economic Development and Labour Council, encourages businesses to adopt schools and donate educational facilities to them.

Indwe Secondary School was established in 1985 and facilitates learning in the sciences and commercial streams. The majority of the school's learners are from impoverished families, whose parents are mostly unemployed and have no formal education.

"The Adopt-A-School initiative is Nestlé South Africa's response to calls by government to partner with communities towards development. It is also aligned to the company's Creating Shared Value (CSV) business strategy, which is informed by the ideal that for a business to be successful in the long term, it has to create value for communities where it operates", said Sullivan O'Carroll, Chairman and Managing Director of Nestlé South Africa.

As part of its Adopt-A-School initiative, Nestlé South Africa is paying two tutors who provide after school lessons in numeracy and literacy at the school.

Grade Eight learners battling with English or maths benefit from these lessons, which have the long-term aim of addressing under-performance and improving the school's Matric results. The company has also enhanced the computer laboratory and school library and will donate a science laboratory to ensure a conducive learning culture supported by facilities in the school.

Through this initiative, Nestlé aims to bridge the gap between high schools and universities and to afford learners and teachers the opportunity to excel.

Mossel Bay is also home to Nestlé's Milk Powders and Culinary Milk factory, which employs about 176 employees.
"The plan is that where Nestlé has an operation, the model will be implemented. It may vary in terms of detail, but the primary objectives will be the same - to ensure skills development and enhance quality of life, but most importantly, it is our way of contributing towards rural development," concluded O'Carroll.

He also shared with an attentive audience his hopes that this partnership will form a long, exciting journey 'with hopefully, lots of happy endings for the learners'.

In his address, school principal Michael Ncoba stressed to the learners that they have been given a golden opportunity and appealed to them to 'not let us down'.


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