Marconi Beam Primary Gets a Sports Field

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has endorsed Partners for Possibility ( and he continues to support PfP’s vision for better quality education for all children in South Africa by 2022.

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation has been very involved in Marconi Beam Primary School. The school is part of the Partners for Possibility Programme. Situated in the Marconi Beam community, the school is close to the Archbishop’s residence in Milnerton.

The foundation has been actively involved in the school since the beginning of 2013 and has provided the school with the following:

•    A mobile kitchen. The kitchen was also equipped with a gas stove and pots
•    Five hundred and fifty plastic plates, spoons and cups for the learners
•    Sanitary packs from Old Mutual women for grade 6 and grade 7 girls
•    Painted the school’s external walls on Mandela Day. The paint  was also donated by the foundation
•    Negotiated on behalf of the school with the local municipality for the sports field to be handed to the school

Projects still underway include:

•    Built-in cupboards for the school’s two mobile kitchens
•    Tiling of the kitchens’ floors

About the sports field, Principal Bukelwa Plaatjies-Resha says, “This is a great achievement by the school because it has been 6-7 years that the school started negotiations with the municipality about this field”, she adds, “It was hardly a month after we involved the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation in the negotiations and the field was given to the school”.

The sports field is still being prepared for use and will be ready as soon as grass has been planted on the whole field. Irrigation systems have already been installed and netball poles have also been purchased and delivered to the school.

The field will not only provide learners with a place to play, but will enable the school staff to use it for outdoor learning.

The Principal goes on to say, “They (the learners) will now interact with each other through play on the playground. This will develop our kids emotionally and physically because the way our school was built did not cater for a playground.”

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