- December 20, 2016
- Posted by: Max Malinga
- Category: Media Releases, Newsletter, Thought Leadership, Uncategorized
[dropcap type=”2″]A[/dropcap] s at the end of November 2016, we are proud to boast 12 Student Chapters across institutions of higher learning in South Africa, with a total student membership of more than 1,800. In order for us to sustainably grow the number, we have identified the high schools as the low hanging fruit and with your support we are committed to bridging this gap, especially in impoverished areas.
As ABSIP our intention is to assist pupils from impoverished households with necessary items to begin the school year. These items will include the provision of school uniforms and stationery packs but also each school assisted will be adopted by a nearby ABSIP Student Chapter for continued mentorship and support of pupils by students at the various universities.
In line with our renewed focus to develop young people from disadvantaged communities, we will be targeting pupils in the provinces of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape and have targeted a minimum 50 beneficiaries and hope to grow this figure substantially over the years.
As ABSIP we firmly believe that each pupil should have access to school uniform as this plays a huge role in restoring the dignity of the African child. Over the year, we will work with all our stakeholders to ensure that each child at all schools across the length and breadth of this country have access to school uniforms.
In line with this approach, we welcome the decision of the Competition Commission to investigate alleged anti-competitive practices in the school uniform industry. The commission is probing long-standing “exclusive supplier” arrangements between school governing bodies, principals and retailers and manufacturers.
As part of the programme we will be assisting pupils with the following;
Learning aides i.e. calculators, math-sets, etc.
Tutorial on specific subjects i.e. Accounting, EMS, Mathematics and Science
We will be sharing more information with you, our valued members and stakeholders, both leading up to and post the launch of this important initiative.