Local School taking on challenge of reconstruction

Posted On Tuesday, 02 November 2004 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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School takes unique approach to developing community

Property-Housing-ResidentialSapphire Road Primary is situated in the suburb of Booysen Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa and mainly services the disadvantaged areas of Kleinskool, Kwanoxolo, Frans Valley and the new Nceba Faku Village. It represents an important source of future leaders in the Eastern Cape and serves to potentially fuel the future human resource needs of the industrial complex between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage.
The learner population has grown from 559 in 2001 to 1034 in 2004.
The challenges the school has traditionally faced increased because 80% of parents are unemployed. The school also adopted a policy that ensures that no child is excluded  because of school fees. The SGB therefore took a courageous decision, in 2003, to decrease the school fees from R60 to R50 for 2004.
The school not only focuses on educating learners but the capacitating of the parents and the community at large, with skills that would be beneficial to the individual, community and school in general. This approach offers an exciting new way to look at creating a response system for social challenges.
Sapphire Road Primary shares the vision of Government, Business and the Education Department which is to ensure that our schools not only become centres of academic excellence but serves as catalyst for social and economic change in previously disadvantaged communities.
Some of the notable achievements of the five-year vision plotted in 2000 are the following in 2003 & 2004:
The building of a security house on the premises of the school using bricks that were made by unemployed parents. The school has been free from vandalism since the opening of the house in 2003.
The fitting of security gates, to protect the school, by unemployed parents, through the Skills School. All classrooms now have security gates.
The opening of a computer room with 9 old computer systems. Classes are R5 a year for the learners. Our grade 7 learners prepared the room and parents made computer stands, through the skill school.
The unveiling of an AIDS ribbon on the premises of the school and our piloting of the ‘We Care’, HIV/AIDS awareness programme with FAMSA.
The alternative menu introduction with the Department Of Health.
The creation of community gardens in partnership with the new Nceba Faku community.
The opening of a gym by the weightlifting association of South Africa to promote weightlifting development in the area.
Recognition of the school for work done, by the previous Premiere and MEC for education.
The training of 80 unemployed/ unskilled parents in sewing, welding, basic computer literacy and carpentry from 5 March – 1 November 2004
They also recently launched a "buy a brick" campaign with the aim of building a community resource centre that will allow for the extension of the services of the school to an larger community outside of the school. This innovative campaign, also supported by a donation from the The Department of Economic Affairs, to the value of R100, 000 that will be used for skills training and to launch the building of the Community Resource Centre.
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