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ORT SA day an all-round winner

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One hundred and twenty scholars from five high schools in Alexandra spent the day at King David Victory Park High School (KDVPHS) for the first ORT SA day.
by OWN CORRESPONDENT | Aug 08, 2019

The day was inspired by the school’s ORT South Africa youth ambassadors, following their visit to the World ORT Youth Summit in Argentina last year. Visiting students came from schools where ORT SA runs maths and coding projects.

“This is certainly a first for King David Victory Park,” said KDVPHS Principal Andrew Baker. “It’s a wonderful initiative, which I would like to see become an annual event. It’s an opportunity to host and share with others. It’s of so much value to all the children.”

“It’s important to expose our kids to different cultural views and languages. We appreciate a Jewish school opening up to the outside,” said Botho Molahloe, a teacher at Alexandra Secondary School.

The afternoon kicked off with an ice breaker, after which Alex students took over with singing and dancing, inspiring everyone to join in. Thereafter, there was some light training and games with coaches from Discovery Soccer Park. Slam poetry encouraged further interaction, with students holding hands. The challah-making – especially the tasting – was an all-round winner.

“The pupils didn’t want to leave, and the buses back to Alex left late. We had to literally push them onto the buses”, said Percy Nkosi, one of ORT SA’s facilitators. “There was shouting and hugging, and they sang all the way home. The atmosphere was electric.”

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