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A visit to Westridge High School with MySchool
Most people in SA have heard of a MySchool card. We swipe them, we merrily donate funds to various charities by swiping them and then we get on with our lives. But have you ever wondered what actually happens with the funds? Whilst some people have elected charities, or even their children’s schools for the funds to be donated to, most people have no clue what happens to the money collected, or don’t know that they have a choice to designate the money earned by their swipes to particular funds. One such fund is the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Thuso Fund, which was specially created to support under-resourced schools across South Africa. Through various special projects, the Thuso Fund aims to really make a difference to well-deserving schools. Last week I got to go behind-the-scenes to see just how big a difference these funds can make, when used to impact the lives of school children, most of whom are often overlooked and yet make up such a large percentage of the current youth in South Africa. I visited West Ridge High School in Durban, a school with a specialised vocational skills curriculum, currently offering more than 700 children with learning challenges,…