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West Ridge High School’s Brick making workshop gives kids with learning challenges the skills they need to create employment opportunities.

For more than 700 high school children with learning challenges in the central Durban area, skills training can create employment and change lives. Thanks to its latest R360 000 donation from MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet’s Thuso Funds, West Ridge’s High School is renovating its Brick Making workshop into a conducive learning space.

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The Thuso Fund for Schools and Charities was created by MySchool to support under-resourced schools and charities across South Africa through the funding of special projects.  It focuses on initiatives that address specific school and learner needs.  In 2014, West Ridge High received a R240 000 sponsorship for 36 new computers for their computer library from the Fund. The latest funding will enable learners to be trained in skills such as brick making to help grow employment opportunities

“The delivery of our skills-based programme has been affected by our challenges with both space restrictions and the quality of our facilities,” says Dr. Seetal, the Principal at West Ridge High, “This extension and renovation of the workshop is going to make a big difference in the lives of our learners and educators. “

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West Ridge High School is only partially funded by the Department of Education, and learners predominately come from severely under-resourced families which cannot afford school fees.  The school is therefore reliant on donors in order to achieve their educational objectives and maintain their facilities.

“We are delighted that we have once again been able to support West Ridge High in its efforts to provide a meaningful education,” says MySchool’s General Manager, Pieter Twine, “Our Thuso Fund specifically aims to help get funds raised through the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme to highly deserving schools such as this one.  It helps us to make the difference in the communities where the needs are greatest, and we thank the MySchool cardholders who have helped to raise these funds.”

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