A generous donation of books, to an under-resourced Durban school, has inspired hope to hundreds of eager young pupils.
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 Avoca Hills to aid with much-needed resources, recently.
With class sizes averaging 50, the school serves pupils from Mount Moriah, Khabazela, Mount Royale and Qhakaza informal settlements.
Classified as a quintile 3 school, the school 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 pupils with this much-needed literacy support. 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.
Maharaj added that the contribution has made such a great impact on 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 children at his school had never seen games like these before.
Toys R Us and 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.