The South African international defender gave out the certificates and prizes to children from various Haringey schools who have taken part in the educational programme at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone during the Spring Term.
Bongani said: “This is a great initiative to keep youngsters from the local area engaged, motivated and focused on the right things.
“Some of the kids may not get the opportunities to come here and watch a live game every week, but just coming to the stadium can spark their imagination and inspire them to learn.
“A lot of kids love football and are inspired by it, so if you can channel that into education, it’s an ideal situation."
The graduation ceremony was also attended by Barbara Breed, Head of School Standards for Haringey.
She added: “I am delighted that Playing for Success continues to inspire Haringey pupils in terms of extending their learning, giving them opportunities for working in a different way and enabling them to grow in confidence and self-esteem.”
One parent said: “Playing for Success has been excellent, good self-esteem building. My son has been more happy to work and apply himself. He has totally enjoyed attending and wished it lasted longer!”
Playing for Success is run by Haringey’s School Standards and Improvement team, using out-of-hours learning to raise attainment at Key Stage Two & Three in literacy, numeracy and ICT.
Over 20 Haringey schools each year have the opportunity to send pupils to the Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success. Pupils attend two-hour sessions each week for a total of ten weeks, during which they are offered a unique educational experience where skills taught in school are enhanced and developed.
Each session is delivered by a trained teacher and assisted by a team of dedicated Learning Mentors, who are recruited locally and represent the balance of ethnic groups within Haringey.
Tutors and mentors are trained to develop and raise self-esteem. As a result, the Spurs Learning Zone provides a positive learning environment.
The following Haringey schools have taken part in Tottenham Hotspur’s Playing for Success scheme this term:
- Risley Avenue Primary
- St Paul’s & All Hallows Primary
- West Green Primary
- Lea Valley Primary
- John Loughborough Secondary