Earlier this week President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opened three high-tech schools in Daahauser, KwaZulu-Natal. Enhlanhleni Primary School, Lembe Primary and Ingweni Phaphama, all of which are found in the Amajuba and Zululand District.
According to SA News, the schools were previously mud structures built by communities, and have now been replaced with modern brick and mortar structures, with additional design elements that comply with the current and future school requirements.
“We are not just focusing on the brick and mortar of putting up a school, we are talking about a school that is holistic and well equipped to develop education for our children. It is not just about building an infrastructure building like this, it is about building it in such a way that it is fit for purpose,” explained Ramaphosa.
The publication further states that the schools are beneficiaries of the Department of Basic Education’s Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI) with Adopt-A-School as the implementing agent. The objective of this initiative is to address schools without water, sanitation and electricity.
“These are the type of schools we want to see in South Africa. I am proud that we have built these schools in deep rural areas of our country. Today I’ve seen how IT can be one of the best things you can have in a school. From Grade R, I have seen how young children can use technology to learn, how those children were playing around with technology,” noted the President.
“What excites me is that when we started this school, we started with Adopt-A-School because our needs are huge, yet we don’t have money. People don’t believe me when I say that. When I ask the MEC on the progress he said he needs R40 billion, I tell him we don’t have that amount. It’s the same in the Eastern Cape when I ask them to fast track the construction of schools,” added the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.
With the 2019 Elections only a few weeks away, we hope that this latest announcement is not simply to win over potential voters in the region, and that the initiative continues for the coming months and years.