28 schools are located in the Chris Hani District (Emalahleni Municipality) between Lady Frere and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. The Foundation implemented the in-school breakfast programme at these schools in January 2013.
The rolling hills and wide-open spaces are home to scattered communities living in very basic structures and livestock dots the landscape. There is such natural beauty here and it’s difficult to imagine a life of hardship surrounded by the mountains.
Many of the schools are located some distance from the main road – standard delivery vehicles cannot be used on the dirt roads which become impassable in the rainy season. Food supplies and cleaning materials are then transferred into smaller vehicles to affect delivery.
The combination of the Foundation’s breakfast with the Department of Basic Education’s lunch has provided the schools with a platform to develop stronger relationships with the learners and their families. Learners are more active, more focused and energetic in their lessons and participating in sports.
Our in-school breakfast programme in partnership with the Department of Basic Education shows ongoing benefit to the schools, learners, educators and community. The evident dedication of all our stakeholders in capitalising on successful implementation is deeply rewarding.