PINEGROVE SCHOOL VISITS MAROPENG
The Grade 7 Pinegrove learners were recently ‘edutained’ on a day’s visit to the Cradle of Humankind, courtesy of the Cradle Education Trust which funds visits through the Maropeng Educational Programme.
“For many parents, teachers and learners, field trips to fascinating sites such as Maropeng are taken for granted. It is very gratifying for Maropeng to find a way to share its educational treasures with those who can’t ordinarily afford the experience,” says Tony Rubin, Managing Director at Maropeng.
The learners explored the outside area and enjoyed the exhibition, which included a boat ride, as well as a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves.
Many of Pinegrove’s 929 pupils live in financially impoverished circumstances, and the school relies on government grants to supplement school fees that often cannot be paid. The school runs a feeding scheme to ensure that learners have enough food. Some learners live with their older siblings because both of their parents are deceased, while some live in foster care, with grandparents or in single-parent homes.
“The tour guides were very good. They explained everything to the children,” says Teacher Farai Botha, who led the learners on the tour. “It was a wonderful experience for them and they have not stopped talking about all they saw and learnt on their tour.”
COMPILED ON BEHALF OF MAROPENG BY CATHY FINDLEY PUBLIC RELATIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT NICOLLE KAIRUZ ON (011) 463 6372 OR NICOLLE@FINDLEYPR.CO.ZA