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Eskom donation boosts teaching and learning conditions at Free State school
Sunday, 8 July 2018: The Eskom Development Foundation has officially handed over newest enhancements to the teaching and learning facilities at the Mabate Intermediate Farm School in the Free State.
Faced with the problem of a steady growth in learner numbers, Mabate Intermediate Farm School was left with a shortage of space, required for two facilities that enrich the educational experience of keen learners. The Eskom Development Foundation has donated a prefabricated structure, housing a fully-furnished library and mobile laboratory, complete with a second emergency exit door and disability access ramp.
Eskom supports government’s continued efforts to improve the country’s education system and this donation forms part of the Foundation’s commitment to bringing about meaningful and sustainable development in communities. Eskom Development Foundation CEO, Cecil Ramonotsi says the organisation is proud to make such contributions in society and is committed to helping create environments conducive for learning. “As a result of this assistance, both the educators and learners from Mabate will now able to enjoy a much safer and better resourced environment,” says Ramonotsi.
Mabate Intermediate Farm School was opened on Matsikeng Farm in 1964, before being moved to its current location in Mount Paul, next to the Sterkfontein Dam in 1985.  It started as a primary and later changed to an intermediate school, accommodating learners from Grades R to 9.  The school has 100 learners, eight educators, two support staff and a seven-member School Governing Body.
This is not the first time that the school has knocked on the Foundation’s door for assistance.  A financial donation presented to the school by the Foundation in 2013 was utilised for erecting perimeter fencing, two prefabricated structures, the principal’s office and a fully-furnished kitchen. These upgrades resulted in a safer and more conducive learning environment for the learners and improved the working conditions for staff.
John Moloi, principal of Mabate Intermediate School, says that for the first time the learners now have an opportunity to put theory into practice when studying chemistry.  “While in the past our children were taught in classrooms alone, the children can now also have focused reading sessions where those who struggle can receive special attention,” he adds.