IPL Boosts Learners with R8-million for Scholarship Programme

www.MyPE.co.za: The
DLF IPL today launched an R8-million scholarship programme for
schools and individual learners that will be among the largest
community programmes in South Africa by a sport organisation.

The tournament’s Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi announced the
programme today at a special event at Alexander Sinton High School in
Athlone, Cape
. The
school became the first beneficiary of the Help
Educate And Teach (HEAT) programme when headmaster Faziel Parker
officially received R100 000 paid into a dedicated scholarship fund at
the school.

The launch was attended by hundreds of Alexander Sinton High School
learners who were joined for the occasion by captains and leading
players of DLF IPL teams including Shane Warne, Kevin Pietersen, MS
Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Saurav Ganguly.

Modi told the learners that a good education remains at the heart of
any effort to develop and uplift individuals and nations.

“Talented sports people can become big stars, but without a good
education there is something missing from sporting achievement. And for
those of us not blessed with outstanding sporting talent, our futures
are built on ensuring that we stay in school and equip ourselves for a
productive and successful life,” he said.

Modi said that the emergence of a modern and successful India in recent
times has been built on a strong education foundation. “This emphasis
on education is now paying off many times over as India has grown into
an economic powerhouse far better equipped to lift people out of

“This experience and several similarities between India’s and South
Africa’s programmes to address poverty were central to our decision to
focus on education as the DLF IPL’s investment in South African
communities in need,” said Modi.

The HEAT programme has two parts. In the first, four schools in need in
the vicinity of each host city have been identified to receive R100 000
for a specifically dedicated scholarship fund. In all, 32 schools will
benefit from this aspect of the HEAT programme. Each R100 000 is paid
directly into a scholarship bank account in the school’s name.

Parents and school governing bodies will be encouraged to participate
in decisions on how to allocate scholarships.

Players from all the DFL IPL teams will be involved in visiting the
beneficiary schools to mark the occasion.

The second part of the HEAT programme will benefit individual learners
attending DFL IPL matches. With the help of match television producers,
five learners will be identified at every match and their faces flashed
on the stadium screens.

Each of these will have R15 000 paid into their school fees account in
their names.

“It is well known that many parents struggle with school fees while
striving to ensure that their children stay in school and get a good
education. We hope the HEAT programme will make a real difference in
the lives of those who benefit from it,” said Modi.

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