Now in its seventh year, the Y’ello Care campaign seeks, every year, to reach out to those unfortunate by dedicating time and financial assistance.
Already an estimated R4m has been dedicated to this worthy cause by the MTN SA Foundation, whose theme for this year is ‘investing in education for all’.
Schools with pupils living with severe intellectual disabilities and hearing Impairment have been prioritized this year during the 21 days period.
“For this year’s campaign, we have identified several schools that cater for learners with special needs,” says Robert Madzonga, Chief Corporate Services Officer at MTN SA.
“These learners face many challenges and hardships including limited access to educational opportunities. The result is low skills levels and a correspondingly unlimited access to employment and economic opportunities. By fuelling efforts towards enhancing teaching and learning, we aim to provide these children with a shot at a better life in the future.”
Schools to benefit from this year’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care include MC Kharbai
Special School in Lenasia, Sebokeng’s Thabo Vuyo Special School, Zodwa Special School in Atteridgeville and Phelang Special School from Kwa-Thema in the East Rand.
“We are privileged to be afforded this support of this nature by MTN,” says Michelle Batchelor, Principal at MC Kharbai Special School.
“As a learning institution that caters for children with special needs, our
challenges are unique. We therefore appreciate support from private sector companies such as MTN, who assist us to make a positive impact in the future of children with special needs.
Through this initiative, MTN has assisted us to bring life our slogan: ‘Building bridges in an inclusive society.”
Last year, MTN employees across the country invested 32 000 man hours refurbishing and rebuilding schools countrywide. This is over and above the R7.5 million that has been spent over past two years on the initiative.