South African insurance company Assupol has teamed up with the department of basic education to provide sanitation facilities for 100 schools around the country, including the Eastern Cape.
The project was started in response to the launch of the Safe School Sanitation Initiative in August 2018.
During the introductory speech, President Cyril Ramaphosa called on corporates, NGOs, and members of the public to help make schools safer and more dignified for pupils.The project will take place over the course of five years.
In addition to the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal will also benefit.
“We believe that this will significantly improve the safety of our school children, and thereby their chance of receiving a good education, ”Assupol Life CEO Bridget Mokwena-Halala said.
“The education of our youth is critical to the future of all South Africans and we are eager to foster this by strongly supporting these initiatives.”
Aussupol’s participation in the Sanitation Initiative is their second project currently under way to help disadvantaged pupils.
In 2016, the company established the Assupol Community Trust (ACT) which provides access to early childhood development (ECD) services. This includes infrastructure, training for education staff and food programmes.