Nkuli’s First Initiative on School Sanitary Drive

On Friday, 09 April 2021 the launch of Nonkululeko Magaza’s Sanitary Pad Drive took place at her erstwhile school, Umzimvubu senior primary school, Zone 5 Meadowlsnds. The initiative was an august occasion dubbed ‘Nkuli’s First Initiative’ and reportedly the school’s first by one of its former pupils. The launch was graced speakers including Umzimvubu Principal Mr Nkanyangi, Teachers, Nkuli Magaza’s mentor Mrs Thandi Legwale, Community members, Sponsors, and SGB representative collectively echoing, “Akekho ozosilungisela izinto zethu kodwa thina” (Charity begins at home).

Speakers expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the project and its anticipated benefit to the community as a guarded treasure and inspiration for the youth and community members inspiring students to actively contribute on various needs to the community. Zodwa X, a community representative highlighted how this act by Nkuli can be replicated even on learners themselves to share goodies with their needy learner friends.

The school ushers directed visitors to the registration desk to maintain Covid 19 protocol. Scholars presented creative items such as singing, reciting poetry and highlighting the theme for the day “woman/girl empowerment, eradication of poverty and the champion of being educated.”

Magaza’s still a student herself and a final year undergraduate candidate for a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. For this initiative Nkuli enlisted the help of her university residence community, two more colleagues with whom she approached their mentor Mrs Thandi Legwale, her former teacher and founder of Emseni Community Project. Through Emseni they were taught Project Design and Project Management skills before the project launch. Emseni was involved also with the training and coaching of the creative school performers and ushers.
From the sentimental memory of her own struggles as a young girl growing up in her home in Meadowlands has offered to an extent a part of her university allowance to distribute sanitary pads to her former school and to host monthly motivational and religious talks and workshops with pupils. The motivation message is spread that poverty can be defeated, that menstrual cycles are not a taboo, and motivate the girl child not be discouraged and distracted from going to school because she’s going through her monthly period.

Mrs Legwale is a well decorated professional and community builder herself through her work as a teacher, teacher’s training facilitator, a Pastor and Saturday school conductor. She has received numerous awards for her work namely Eskom/Sowetan Woman of the Year, Five Roses Woman of the Year and the Education District’s Lifetime National Teachers Award (NTA).
Nkuli Magaza’s First Initiative is a collaboration between her team and Emseni Community Project, sponsored by the University of Johannesburg, Vibe Entertainment (eWhite House), in Meadowlands, and Old Mutual.

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