Ashton Schools, Western Cape
The Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast programme has been implemented in six primary schools in Ashton, Western Cape. The little town lies in the picturesque foothills of the Langeberg Mountains; a luscious valley famous for its great wines and fruit. The beauty of the area is breathtaking, yet the communities living here face enormous challenges and a difficult socio-economic environment.
There are limited employment opportunities as the work is spread across wine or fruit farms and the canning factory in Ashton. Employment is seasonal, commencing in November and running through to March/April. Out of season periods leaves much of the community without an income and facing bitterly cold conditions through the winter months.
Limited resources combined with the local socio-economic issues pose a bigger challenge for the principals, school management and governing bodies. The introduction of the breakfast programme to complement the government’s National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) lunch has had a significant impact on the learners and their families. Schools tell us that:
- The breakfast programme together with the NSNP lunch guarantees the learners two nutritious meals per day;
- Absenteeism and late arrivals has dropped significantly;
- Academic performance, concentration and the ability to absorb their lessons has improved across the board. Schools have also noted a far higher level of physical activity encouraging healthier learners in general;
- Parents are supportive and appreciative of the breakfast programme. Schools have noted an improvement in parental involvement in general school activities;
- The schools have streamlined their feeding process to ensure the meals are served efficiently with minimum disruption and unnecessary food wastage. The food handlers working in the schools maintain spotless kitchens, prepare breakfast and lunch with loving care and at the allotted time for serving. In so doing, the schools have found an additional area to support their communities by sharing any extra food supplies with parents and families;
Our in-school breakfast programme in partnership with the Department of Basic Education has proved invaluable and extremely beneficial in all the schools where we work. However, it must be noted the active and passionate commitment by the principals, school management, school governing bodies, food handlers and the Foundation Project Coordinators is the vital ingredient required to create a truly effective feeding programme.
Vlakteplaas UCC Primary School, Western Cape
Vlakteplaas UCC Primary School has a heartbeat and spirit unlike any other school – it has an unusual history and champion behind the school. Learners come from the community living in the valley of the Swartberg Mountains, east of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. It is remote, isolated from the modern world and the natural beauty of the mountains is extraordinary.
Like many communities in this region; unemployment, poverty, alcoholism, malnutrition and poor health present great challenges to the families who live here. Vlakteplaas UCC Primary School was completely rebuilt in 2005 and this beautifully built little school represents a warm haven to the learners in the area. Their passionate champion, Jans Rautenbach undertook the rebuilding with a dream to create the best rural school in the country. Until his sad passing in 2016 ‘Oom Jans’ as he is affectionately was a daily visitor inspiring the school management team and learners alike. The Foundation is proud to continue the ‘Oom Jans’ legacy and continue the life changing work he stared.
The Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast feeding programme was implemented here in January 2013. Providing the learners with breakfast every school day has given ‘Oom Jans’ and the enthusiastic school management team the chance to focus on school maintenance, projects and development of the learners as they navigate their way through primary school. This partnership represents an ideal balance as the principal and educators encourage the learners’ academic performance and the Foundation nourishes their young growing minds.
The Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast feeding programme has been implemented in eight primary schools in Gouda, Western Cape. Gouda is a settlement in the Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape that is believed to be named after a town in Holland.
Residents in the area are predominantly farmers and seasonal workers who work on peach, grape and banana farms in the district. Unfortunately out of season periods for farming leave a large number of the Gouda population without any income.
Gouda is also home to the Gouda Wind Farm and Acciona Energía’s first wind farm in South Africa – both partners of the Tiger Brands Foundation and Department of Basic Education. Through its partnership with the Foundation and the DBE Acciona is able to provide over 3 000 school learners in surrounding communities with breakfast.
(Gouda Wind Farm) – Acciona Energy