Western Cape: Recently Grade 4 learners from Wynberg Girls Junior, who are participating in the Woolworths ‘Making The Difference’ Educational Programme Targeting Grade 4 Learners’, visited the Fair Cape Dairy as part of the experiential component of the programme. During their visit to Fair Cape, Wynberg Girls Junior learners experienced the complete dairy process witnessing the milking of cows , through to the bottling stage and the final packaged product, with a special focus on the senses of touch and smell. Learners were invited to create their very own flavoured yoghurt, by using Bulgarian yogurt as a base and using their choice of fruit pulp. “Supplier visits are a wonderful opportunity to show learners how many of the products they take for granted are actually made. Instead of just learning about the various processes in class, they have an opportunity to experience firsthand different industries”, says Pieter Twine, General Manager: Loyalty & MySchool at Woolworths. “Learners are also introduced to new career opportunities that they have not considered before.” Since the inception of the Woolworths ‘Making The Difference’ Educational Programme in 2004, 21 829 learners have attended supplier visits across KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape while 7 073 learners have visited Woolworths distribution centres and 33 151 have participated in Woolworths store outings. ________________________________________ Notes to the Editor WOOLWORTHS AND EDUCATION • Enriching education is part of our Good business journey to make a difference in our communities, our country and our world. • In addition to the Woolworths Educational Programme, our initiatives in this area include our MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community fundraising programme as well as our involvement in EduPlant, which addresses the challenges of food security by teaching educators, learners and communities how to grow their own food sustainably. The Woolworths Educational Programme – an innovative educational initiative • The Woolworths Making the Difference Educational Programme focuses on Healthy Living and the Environment. • The programme is designed for Grade Four learners and targets learners, their educators and parents. • More than 1 600 schools are registered on the programme. • 50% of the schools participating in the programme are under-resourced. • This year to date 81 830 learners have experienced the classroom lessons. • The programme has been running successfully in primary schools across the Western Cape and Gauteng since 2004, and in schools across KwaZulu-Natal since 2006. • The number of schools participating in the programme have grown year on year. • The programme was expanded to schools in Eastern Cape in January 2011. • For parents there is a series of dietician-led store tours aimed at offering assistance and advice on their children’s health, nutrition and physical well-being. MySchool Programme – Shop and raise money for Schools • The MySchool programme encourages supporters to raise funds for schools. • Consumers throughout the country who carry MySchool and Woolworths World of Difference cards can earn additional funds for their chosen schools by simply swiping their card at the tills each time they buy at any Woolworths store in South Africa. • Woolworths World of Difference card holders are automatically invited to participate in MySchool. • Cardholders can support any school of their choice and do not have to have children at school in order to participate. • Woolworths through the MySchool programme contributed more than R48 million to participating schools between June 2010 and August 2011. • In October 2007 MyPlanet / MyVillage was introduced, this an extension of the MySchool programme, enabling customers to raise funds for selected charities & environmental organisations. • All South Africans are encouraged to participate in the MySchool programme by getting a brochure from the nearest Woolworths outlet or contacting MySchool on 0860-100 445.