Fikizolo Primary School in Makhanda Receives Two Awards In 2019 After Obtaining Skills From
Makhanda, commonly known as Grahamstown, is a town of about 70 000 people in the Eastern
Cape Province of South Africa. It is situated about 119 kilometres northeast of Port Elizabeth and
130 kilometres southwest of East London. Mr Mzukisi Mpahlwa is the executive Mayor under Makana
Municipality. There are 34 Primary Schools in Makhanda.
Fikizolo Primary School skills training
Umthathi Training Project Trust had an opportunity to train learners at Fikizolo Primary School in 2019. The learners participated in the skills development project, Health Living Program, which is part of the Umthathi Training Project Trust. Learners were trained on hygiene: the importance of washing hands often, keeping the school clean (including the parking area and playgrounds). A hand washing kit for learners was installed outside the classroom after Healthy and Living Training Program from UmthathiThe school was announced as the winner in the Eastern Cape Province under the school nutrition programme competition that was held in April 2019. They also won 2nd place at the national level in the gardening competition. Fikizolo Primary School is still benefitting from their school garden, removing the need and cost of buying vegetables from the market for the school nutrition program. Some learners even started small backyard gardens in their households using the skills from the project. As Umthathi Training Project Trust, we feel humbled to have made a difference in the school. The above pictures above are of Indigenous natural herbs and ointments made from herbs. The learners, together with the teachers from Fikizolo Primary School, were empowered with the knowledge of the importance of using indigenous herbs and home medicinal remedies (e.g. saving on medical costs, environmental and sustainability advantages etc.). Umthathi Training Project Trust taught teachers and learners how to make ointment using natural herbs.
The ointment treats many skin allergies such as Eczema, ringworms, itchiness of the skin, rashes etc. The school has since planted these herbs and are generating much-needed income from selling the ointment to the community.