The Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty, officially received the upgraded Olifantsvlei Primary School in Lenasia, South of Johannesburg, on Monday, 24 August 2015.
The school was adopted by the Shanduka Foundation’s Adopt-A-School programme in 2005. During the past decade the school has benefitted immensely from the programme.
The Adopt-A-School Foundation aims to mobilise the private sector, organisations and individuals to support disadvantaged schools through the creation and enhancement of a conducive teaching and learning environment.
The school now boasts a library, science laboratory and art centre. Five classrooms have since been renovated and an administration block has been built. The school has also received Grade R facilities and assistance in training Grade R facilitators. The Foundation ensures that there is skills development for the school’s administrators through a range of training opportunities.
Addressing delegates during the official handover of the school, Deputy Minister Surty acknowledged the 10 year milestone of the Foundation actively assisting the school and surrounding community.
“Since Adopt-A-School got involved with this school in 2005 they have participated in the basic maintenance of the school infrastructure, which shows commitment to this school, the community and basic education,” said the Deputy Minister. “We thank you for understanding that education is a societal issue that cannot be radically transformed by Government alone. We thank you for investing in the future of our country through education”.
The Deputy Minister went on to thank the school’s educators and pointed out that both the school’s infrastructure, as well as the academic progress of the learners have been improving steadily.
Shanduka CEO, Ms Phuti Mahanyele, said the Foundation was proud of the work achieved at the school over the last decade.
“Through our involvement with the school we have been attaining real improvements. Since 2005 more than 9000 learners have benefited from our programmes here,” she explained. “Through infrastructure improvements overcrowding has been reduced by 50% and there have been 1870 learner programmes,” Ms Mahanyele concluded.