In early January 2010 Nokuphila School (meaning ‘place of light’) opened its doors to 45 pre-school children from Tembisa, a large township facing high unemployment, crime, child abuse and poverty. The level of education in Tembisa is highly inadequate and under-resourced, particularly in pre-school education. Over 10% of adults have no schooling at all, less than 5% have tertiary education and only 35% are formally employed. Children at Nokuphila School are admitted based on their vulnerability and willingness of their caregivers to participate in school life.
The school provides the following services to its children:
- Early Childhood Development and Primary School education
- Sound values and teaching
- Nutritious meals with breakfast and lunch served daily
- Safe and Reliable transport to and from school
- After-Care Facility
- Extra-curricular activities
The number of children is expected to increase as the rest of the school building progresses. Completion is due in December 2017 and will include classrooms from Grade 00 to Matric as well 4 multi-purpose courts for netball, basketball and tennis, a sports field for soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics and hockey, a swimming pool and a laboratory.
HOW WE HELPED THIS PROJECT
- Provided funds for new classroom furniture.
- Held a Golder Employee Volunteer trip to build a jungle gym for the school.
- Provided funds to assist in the construction of the sports fields.
- Providing ongoing support for the building of the classrooms for the Nokuphila School.