A generous donation of books, to an under-resourced Durban school, has this week inspired hope to hundreds of eager young learners.
The Toys R Us SA TRUpers, who are passionate about influencing positive change by doing more good deeds for deserving communities, made their way to Duffs Road Primary school in Durban to aid with much needed resources.
With class sizes averaging 50, Duffs Road Primary situated in the Avoca Hills suburb, serves learners from Mount Moriah, Khabazela, Mount Royale and Qhakaza informal settlements.
Classified as a quintile 3 school, Duffs Road Primary functions as a “no fees school” which depends solely on the limited state subsidy.
“Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation to Toys R Us SA for providing our learners with this much needed literacy support and it has come at the perfect time as we never had a library at our school,” said principal Gopichund Maharaj who has taught at the school for 16 years.
“This contribution has made such a great impact on our young minds. Children remember excursions vividly and I am sure they will remember this too. The team has definitely created happy memories for them. We want it to be enjoyed and for the kids to embrace this gift,” added Maharaj.
The Toys R Us team along with popular mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, made a surprise visit to the school where they got a chance to interact, read and play with the children. In addition, the team donated a generous amount of books, colorful learning charts and educational games.
“Our children were overwhelmed and totally excited by this experience. Their faces lit up especially when they saw Geoffrey. They especially enjoyed the interaction with staff members. It was good chemistry,” said Maharaj adding that most kids at his school had never seen games like these before.
Reading forms the foundation of any child’s future and Maharaj along with his committed staff have gone back to basics – teaching children how to hold a book correctly and exercise eye muscles in order to track words more efficiently.
Toys R Us & Babies R Us marketing manager, Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, said resources as simple as access to books and other basic learning materials is desperately needed in rural communities across the country.
“Children don’t need to have tablets, laptops and the latest technology to be able to get a decent education. They need these basic resources and, especially, facilities where they feel welcome and safe and we were very happy to do more for this school and most importantly inspire hope to these young minds,” said Van Vuuren.