Principals and teachers rally behind Imizamo Yethu learners

Paddy Atwell, Director of Communications at Western Cape Education Department says the fire that broke out in Hout Bay over the weekend has touched almost every school in the area with both teachers and pupils wanting to lend a helping hand.

Atwell says some principals and teachers worked tirelessly with NGO's in the area to make sure that books and uniforms are restored for those who lost them in the fire.

We are very pleased with that kind of response... the heartwarming response of our teachers and principals has been very encouraging to see.

Paddy Atwell, WC education department Head of Communications

Over 3 000 shacks have been destroyed by the fire, leaving more than 15 000 people displaced.

To hear more on their heart felt efforts, listen here:

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