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After months of planning and building and growing, the Eldorado Park Primary School pilot project will be handed over to the community it will serve.

Sponsors Klipstone Transport, Unitrans and – through The Acorn Foundation – have donated a kitchen, two vegetable tunnels, bulk rain water storage tanks, a junior driving school and much needed educational materials to the Eldorado Park Primary school.

On Tuesday, October 11 – chosen to acknowledge and celebrate World Nutrition Week and World Food Day on October 16 – the school will be a hive of activity as the community is introduced to the new centre designed to give them the tools for a sustainable way of living.Klipstone Transport, through their Corporate Social Investment representative, Acorn Foundation, has provided the primary school with a sustainable food solution.
An educational aspect has been added where learners will be taught how to plant and grow the vegetables.

A kitchen has also been built to provide for the feeding scheme that 1500 of the children are dependent on.

Klipstone Transport Director, Roy Padayachee, said: “Food security and education is about sustainability. That’s why Klipstone Transport, has committed to the project in order to have an all-round community impact.”

He added that Unitrans Klipstone wanted to invest in a project that would have “a long lasting meaningful impact in a community where the community leaders are accountable, ensuring that the investment is secure.”

The project brief was to address hunger, sustainable food solutions and include an activity for children where they could play and learn in a safe environment.
All of these criteria have been met.

  • The kitchen is a big part of the sustainability aim as it will be used to help with the feeding scheme. During the build, local unemployed and unskilled workers earned an income by pressing the bricks used to build the kitchen. The kitchen will give the school more space to prepare meals for more people than they currently serve every day.
  • The vegetable tunnels will provide fresh produce within six to eight weeks and is a sustainable solution to address a part of nutrition that children need to learn better. Community members will be trained to manage the veggie tunnels – watering, harvesting, planting seedlings seasonally and to record details of the produce they harvest to establish the impact it has had on the community. In addition to providing for the kitchen and feeding scheme, excess produce will be shared with people in need in the community.
  • The mini driving school will not only provide a healthy workout for the kiddies through exercise, but they will also learn about road signs and rules of the road in a fun, playful manner.
  • Bulk water storage tanks have been installed to harvest rainwater, to be used to water the vegetable gardens.
  • Back to Basics with 6 bricks is a cost effective way to get age-appropriate sized manipulatives into the hands of young children, aged 3-12, at home and at school, to develop their sensory, physical and social skills. This concept explores fun and challenging ways for teachers to help children learn basic, critical skills needed before they learn reading, writing and mathematics.
  •  All of the above will impact the school and community for many generations to come.

“Collectively, Unitrans, Klipstone, Acorn Foundation, Eldorado Park Primary and the community volunteers will partner together to make sure that not only the pupils, but the greater community will have the maximum socio-economic benefits from this amazing project,” said Rudy Joles, CEO of Acorn Foundation.
A three-year agreement has been signed with a German based company whereby 4000 kids will be introduced to a vitamin in order to support healthier growth and physical development.
ETS has generously provided two fire extinguishers, two fire blankets, a wireless smoke detector and all the signage for the premises.
Klipstone’s Roy Padayachee said: “Eldorado Park Primary School was on the Acorn Foundation’s list of schools needing help. Although very underdeveloped, the school is supported by a passionate community, who just needed someone to reach out and help the children and other vulnerable people.

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