Sit still Thobani! Stop turning around Phindi… Young man if you don’t start writing that work is going to write by itself… Aahh the famous lines of teachers in the moments when we are almost at our wit’s end…
During the COVID-19 lockdown, Edufundi has stayed in contact with beneficiaries in order to continually assess and respond to their needs. In addition to the 1800+ telephonic support sessions we’ve provided since the beginning of lockdown, we recently surveyed our school principals to find out how they are coping, and what they need from Edufundi going forward.
Change is inevitable but how you react to it matters the most. Covid-19 has brought about the greatest changes of our lifetime. Mentors and mentees had to work on platforms they never faced before. I had to now provide the skills and support to my mentees virtually using various methods of technology.
Shaun’s team accumulated and packed groceries and ventured out into the deep, rural areas to distribute these hampers. During level 5 of lockdown, 2000 families were assisted, but this number increased to 5000 and more donations were sought.
I have always been inspired by Mrs Zungu, a mentee of mine who before lockdown would regularly use her own money to buy books for learners or food when they were hungry. I will never forget when she excused herself from a mentoring session, as she had to rush to the nearest supermarket to buy something for her whole class as they had not been fed by the feeding scheme on the day.
Apart from their colourful outfits, every superhero is known for having a special ability or talent, which they use to protect the innocent and fight against evil and injustice. No matter what they are doing, when they hear the call of someone in need, they drop everything and take action, often risking their own lives and sacrificing their own needs.