Realeka Secondary School obtained position one during the 2016 Provincial School Participatory Education Technique (PET). The event was held at Barolong-Boora-Tshidi Hall in Mahikeng on Friday.
The community safety and transport management department spokesperson, Thabo Sematle said six schools participated in the competition.
“Identification and recommendations made on lack of road signs and potholes found on the Oliver Tambo Street at Letsopa Township in Ottosdal made it possible for the school to win.
“The five team members consist of pupils from Realeka Secondary School identified challenges they experience on daily basis on their way to school. They stated that the dilapidating roads put their lives at risk. The school will represent the North West at the National Competition that will be held later next month in the Limpopo,” Sematle said.
The second position was attained by Mmabatho High School as Marikana High School came third. He added that the winning school took home a whooping amount of R8 000, while second position pocketed R6 000 and third position went home with R4 000.
Speaking on behalf of the school, the jovial Candy Skei, an English and Mathematics teacher at Realeka said hard work, confidence and teamwork have contributed in achieving good results through the competition.
“We are grateful and the results are a clear indication that teamwork pays off. These kids have worked hard for this project. They had sleepless nights and today they are getting their reward,” said Skei.
Community Safety and Transport Management Acting Head of Department, Buti Chuma said the PET was an important programme that uplifts the confidence of learners and develop their level of thinking. He further said it encourages learners to consider other career opportunities.
“This is not just a competition but a programme which develops our children, and avails opportunities for them. With this programme, they are able to consider other career opportunities. From what they have displayed including their solutions to challenges they identified we are confident that we now have future engineers, town planners and architectures,” said Chuma.
He said that it was encouraging that learners were able to identify road safety problems in and around their schools and communities and further present immediate solutions.
“The PET is an educational flagship programme which aims at changing learner’s attitude towards road safety issues by means of participatory education. The programme also aims to encourage learners to be aware of road safety challenges in their community as well as to enhance learner’s presentation skills by ways of presentation sessions,” Chuma said.
During this programme, learners competed with each other by illustrating community safety problems and give researched presentation in form of displaying models and presentations with resources that are provided by the department.
Other participating schools were Monchusi, Itshupeng and Morare high Schools, which received and amount of R2 000 each.