At Maropeng, Maloney’s Eye Pri­ma­ry School is close to everyone’s heart.

Locat­ed in the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site, Maloney’s Eye Pri­ma­ry is where over 300 chil­dren from pover­ty-strick­en back­grounds come to learn, despite fac­ing almost insur­mount­able social challenges.

The staff mem­bers at Maropeng have proud­ly wit­nessed how, over the years, the school’s rep­u­ta­tion as a qual­i­ty learn­ing insti­tu­tion has grown, thanks in part to Maropeng’s support. 

Magel van de Ven­ter, Maropeng’s edu­ca­tion and mar­ket­ing exec­u­tive, has worked close­ly with Maloney’s Eye for many years now – it’s large­ly due to her efforts that the pupils have decent facil­i­ties, a ful­ly func­tion­al kitchen, jun­gle gyms to play on, and, as of Fri­day 9 May, a food garden.

Sup­ple­ment­ing learn­ers’ meals with organ­ic vegetables

I’m a firm believ­er that if the kids assist with the plant­i­ng, they will take respon­si­bil­i­ty for the over­all food gar­den,” said Magel as she lined up trays of seedlings in pre-pre­pared beds at Maloney’s Eye School.

So today we’re going to ask the Grade 7s to help plant the 740 seedlings. We’ve got cab­bage, spinach, beet­root, onion and cau­li­flower – all win­ter sprouts,” she added.

Staff from Maropeng have already made ready the ground, prepped the gar­den beds and enriched the soil with manure from Maropeng’s Bokashi process recy­cling sys­tem. Recy­cled tyres act as retain­ing walls to the stepped veg­etable gar­den. The tyres will help retain water in the sum­mer and lim­it soil ero­sion in the windy winter.

Our aim is to enhance the nutri­tion­al val­ue of the one warm meal these learn­ers are guar­an­teed dai­ly,” said Magel. While the Depart­ment of Basic Education’s feed­ing pro­gramme includes maize meal and soya as sta­ples, these veg­eta­bles will boost the school’s menu with nutri­ent-rich meals for learners.”

Thanks to Maropeng and Flow Communications

Staff from Flow Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Maropeng lent a hand with the plant­i­ng, and even prin­ci­pal Ellen Mpho Sechot­lo got her hands dirty.

Prin­ci­pal Sechot­lo was grate­ful to Flow and Maropeng for being part of chang­ing the lives – and fill­ing the tum­mies – of the learners.

Flow book­keep­er Nam Madok­we says: I am so glad I got the oppor­tu­ni­ty to go to Maloney’s Eye Pri­ma­ry School. To see the kids help plant the veg­eta­bles and how appre­cia­tive and keen they were, was amaz­ing to wit­ness. The veg­etable gar­den is such a good idea, and easy to imple­ment and sus­tain. And the kids were just wonderful.”

Flow writer Kolosa Vuso agrees. See­ing the ded­i­ca­tion on the eyes of Maloney’s Eye Pri­ma­ry School learn­ers was such an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence because we all walked out of the school know­ing that with the guid­ance of prin­ci­pal Ellen Mpho Sechot­lo and Magel van de Ven­ter, the seedlings will flour­ish to feed these learn­ers. I’m so grate­ful I got a chance to help the learn­ers plant, I can’t wait for the harvest!”

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