The Accelerated School Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI) continues to be a vital conduit in restoring the dignity in education in rural and underprivileged areas through the replacement of inappropriate school structures with state of the art institutions across the country. Basic Education Deputy Minister, Mr Enver Surty, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Zou Kota-Fredericks, delivered an ASIDI school to the Dunoon community in the Western Cape Province on 03 June 2015. The official opening of Sophakama Primary School is part of the 109 schools completed nationally to date. Sophakama Primary is a state of the art school boasting 32 classrooms, a library, science laboratory, nutrition centre and art room. This R8.2 billion project, ASIDI, continues to restore dignity to rural education with the hand-over of Sophakama Primary.
A Grade 6 learner, Kapesi Anglisa, mentioned that she loves the new school because of its warm and comfortable classrooms that make learning and teaching enjoyable. The learner said that the new school will provide her with an opportunity to improve her performance in Maths and Physical Science because of the new resources that are available at the school.
In his address Deputy Minister Surty said that the school will not only enhance quality learning and teaching, but will also contribute to learner safety. Deputy Minister Surty appealed to parents to assist teachers in ensuring that learners are punctual for them to achieve good results at the end of the academic year. In conclusion, Deputy Minister Surty appealed to community members to safeguard the school facility to also benefit future learners.