14 Jul 2017 13:10pm
RIETOOG, 13 JUL (NAMPA) Students of the WJD Cloete Junior Secondary School (JSS) at Rietoog in the Hardap Region have repainted their 12 classrooms to liven up their learning environment.
They raised N.dollars 9 900 through donations to do so.
Principal Ivan Cloete told Nampa recently the students took the decision in March and started painting in April.
I was very surprised when the learners approached me to allow them start the initiative. I felt they wanted to do it on their own and take ownership, and be proud of what they achieved, said Cloete.
Mark van Wyk, a Grade 10 student, said they felt the need to paint the classrooms to add a bit of colour.
We wanted to paint the classrooms as they were dull and depressing. After we painted the classrooms we could see positivity in the learners as the newly painted walls made them excited, a proud Van Wyk said.
Another student, Susanna Groenewaldt who is in Grade 8, said they felt the need to do it.
We wanted to show that we can also do things on our own and not just wait on the Government to bring things on a silver platter to us, Groenewaldt noted.
Meanwhile, the students have embarked upon converting the old toilet block into a school hall with the help of the community.
Cloete has called on businesses to assist the students to finish renovating the old toilet block.
We can maybe rent out the hall for functions and get some revenue which we can use to improve the conditions around the school, he said.
The school caters for pre-primary up to Grade 10. It has 268 students, with 110 housed in a privately owned hostel.
They have a feeding scheme where approximately 100 learners are fed every day.
Rietoog is situated 140 kilometres south-west of Rehoboth.