Schools in the Western Cape opened their doors again to over 109 000 learners in Grade 1. I went to see how parents cut the umbilical cord from their little ones as they formally start their training to become the future leaders of South Africa and quite possibly, the world.
This is Chulumanco Gawulekhaya from Nolathando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha. The unique colour of her eyes is a result of her hearing disability and does not affect her eyesight. Her eyes are more light sensitive than normal but she can see perfectly.
Lilitha Linganiso from Nolathando School for the deaf in Khayelitsha spells her name to the teacher.
Mbali Gaqazele and Zlmonde Stulweni getting breakfast at Surrey Primary in Manenberg.
Zahrah Barodien is clinging to her mother at Surrey Primary in Manenberg.
The grade 1 girls of Highlands Primary School in Mitchells Plain line up to be separated into specific classes.
Best friends Zoe Welgemoed and Qaiyarah Melrose from Highlands Primary in Mitchells Plain knows each other from Grade R (pre-school education) already.
Lian Loubser from Highlands Primary in Mitchells Plain gives in to his anxiety when he realised that he was the only child whose name was not on the class register list. This was due to a minor administration error that was corrected immediately, but for a child’s first day of school and as I can recall from my own childhood, this can seem detrimental at the time. If only they knew what lies ahead…
© Photos: Armand Hough