CM Vellem is a key partner to several programmes in the Community Engagement Division. CM Vellem is the pool from which children attend the Joza Chess and Reading Club, they’re an active partner in Siyakhana@Makana (working with Nelson Mandela Hall for 5 years) and have recently been included in the Budding Q early literacy programme.
This nomination is particularly special because recommendations came from 3 different students, each from different volunteer programmes that CM Vellem participates in. Volunteers appreciate the reciprocal nature of the relationships that have emerged with Teachers at this school and feel that their effort is meaningful. The quantum of this work needs a champion; which CM Vellem has found in Ms Mpumie Frans, a dynamic teacher at the school. She has been a Community Engagement stalwart, encouraging and coaching our volunteers for several years. Volunteers speak highly of the lengths she goes to ensure every meeting is attended, every event is a success and everybody is cared for. Similarly, as a division we’ve relied on her for expertise in multilingual storytelling and to be a role model to fellow volunteer managers. She is respected for the way she listens and contributes, genuinely and thoughtfully.
This nomination is for the School but particularly recognizes the extraordinary leadership of Mpumie Frans, always building teams and surrounding herself with people, the time she selflessly dedicates to community engagement, the encouragement and inspiration she imparts to students and the tireless work she has contributed to making her corner in Makhanda very bright.Source: Community Engagement Directorate
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