Friday 11th November 2011, Cape Town
The teaching of sport in South African schools has been badly affected by recent cuts. To me, it just doesn't make sense and I truly believe that sport is one of the most important aspects of a child's life. It empathises teamwork, improves concentration and – for the less academic kids – it can promote self-worth and boost confidence. If anything, schools should focus more or sport. I suppose I am bias, as my father was a PE teacher and passionately believed that sport is a great way of guiding troubled kids through the system and providing them with the tools to build a better life.
Keith is a PE teacher who, despite the cuts in resources, spends much of his free time organising sporting activities for kids with little else to do apart from hang around on the streets. He works at a school in a community with acute gang and drug problems. Keith gratefully accepted the offer to take part in WAL and I took some shots out on the balcony and at the door to his classroom where the light looked nice. The kids were down in the yard playing football and screaming with excitement every time there was a goal or near miss. Jumpers for goalposts.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
This cannot be real. Another scheme where people want to use me!
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
Bought five new tyres for my car and sport equipment for Isivivane. They organise after-school sport for students.
3. What, if anything, are you hoping it will achieve?
Allowing students to play! Children today, in the community where I work, don’t play. I want to be a role model for them.
4. Has it changed the way you think about giving?
Yes, I will give forever! I feel blessed. This has given me hope and I feel I must continue to help the children achieve their dreams.