School is tough enough without the basics. Like shoes. But
this initiative from the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) and Woolworths
shows how small things can still make a big difference.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to
change the world.” Nelson Mandela’s statement has never been more true, but
it’s hard to learn when you’ve walked kilometres barefoot just to get there. This
Mandela Day, employees at Woolworths’ head office donated R67 or more towards a
pair of new school shoes and socks as part of an initiative of the Woolworths
Trust. The shoes were given to children
at 11 under-resourced schools in rural areas, identified by the NECT. Take a
look at what happened next. The smiles say it all.