Kingsway Christian School

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Expanding in Zandspruit

Imagine a situation in Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, where a Grade 1 pupil, full of excitement and expectation on her first day of school, is crammed into a poorly lit container with 60 peers.

Now, expect of her to learn to read and write in a language foreign to her mother’s tongue, and comprehend the foundations of Mathematics.

Kingsway kicks in support

This situation is the harsh reality for most of the estimated 10 000 children in the approximately 60 000-strong Zandspruit informal settlement, in the northern part of Johannesburg. Fortunately for a small group of 270 Zandspruit learners, Kingsway Christian School (a not-forprofit public benefit organisation and non-governmental organisation) has been providing top-class education for the past 25 years. In 2010, seven of the 23 Grade 7s received bursaries to attend private schools. Obviously, the school is in great demand and has long ago reached its capacity at its current location in Randburg.

Expanding facilities Kingsway has, however, responded to the rising educational crises by embarking on an ambitious project to extend the right to a decent education to hundreds of additional learners, by expanding facilities within the borders of Zandspruit. Imagine a top-class independent school inside an informal settlement!

Its aim is to erect a facility that will house much-needed pre-primary, primary and secondary phases, catering for a total of 1 500 children. In addition, the current house of refuge in the area, Thandanani, established to care for marginalised children, will also be extended. These facilities will bring to the community of Zandspruit a desperately needed sense of interest and pride in the future of their children.

Not ‘just another school’

This project is not ‘just another school’, but will open its doors to the community in the afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays to ensure that children and youth are kept off the streets and equipped with a range of extracurricular activities, classes, groups and projects.

Kingsway has secured the land and building plans have been approved. The planned capital expenditure will kick off in 2012 and will be implemented in four phases, with the first phase amounting to approximately R18 million.

The Woolworths MySchool fund-raising programme is proud to support this initiative through ongoing monthly contributions towards the school and a donation towards the building expenses and fund-raising gala dinner.

Category: Spring 2011

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