South African School Garments: Book Bags

Figure 1.--The photo was taken in a state school in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africaabout 2010. A group of pupils from low incomes families are showing their new school bags donated by a charity.

We see South African students with book bags. We are not sure how common this was. We do not have much information on school trends before World War II, but we do not see any Black children with school book bags. We believe that sone White children had them, but we do not yet have much information. Before that, education was primarily for whites and to a lesser extent colored (Kaapse Kleurlings) meaning mixed race children. Black education was sorely neglated. Since the end of Apartheid, this has cganged an increasing attention has been given to Black education. schools are mow available for all children. Many low income childre, especially black children have to walk substanial distances walked to school every day. And many low income families afford book bags their own bag to carry their books and homework back and forth. We notice charity groups providing book bags to the children. We note a company (Repurpose) that has created a stylish and sturdy all-purpose backpack out of 100 percent recycled material from old plastic bags. The children with the longest walk tend to come from homes that are off the electic grid, amking it difficult for thm to do their home work. Many of these himes have kersone lamps which are both dangrous and do mot produce a lot of light. Particularly notable on some of the Repurpose back packs is a small solar panel that's capable of charging up from the sun's energy while they walk back and forth to school every day. As a result, when they arrive back home, the bag is capable of powering a small lamp for up to 12 hours so that they can complete their studies at night. Repurpose works with no-fee public schools schools that lack many basic supplies, as well as ‘giving partners’ who are willing to fund the creation and delivery of the backpacks. The idea is to make the trip to school easier for disadvantaged children and at the same time extending their study time into the evenings, boosting their education in the process.


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Created: September 19, 2003
Last updated: 5:20 PM 7/28/2004