After reports of rampant social ills that hamper effective schooling in many Eastern Cape schools, Social Development MEC Siphokazi Lusithi will continue with her campaign for integrated social service support to impoverished schools in Middledrift and surrounds, on March 30. 

This Integrated Service Delivery is part of Social Development campaign to provide support to identified schools as a result of the prevalence of social ills like substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, etc.  Furthermore, the aim is to provide special social services to learners with an attempt to improve their performance, reach out to children in need and promote community participation on issues affecting children.

The identified village for delivery, Qibira is under the leadership of Nokwandisa, Chieftainess Kama. It is in Ward 13, which is the second poorest ward in Raymond Mhlaba Municipality. Based on the community profiles conducted, most of the parents are unemployed and mainly depend on social grants, but this does not stop the passion for children to go to school.

A total of about 200 learners have been identified as beneficiaries of schools essentials, including Sanitary Dignity Packs. The learners are from 10 schools around Debe Nek and Middledrift. 

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