On a very warm day in Salt Rock, on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal, 859 children eagerly awaited the opening of their new 12m container library and classroom made up of two 12-metre containers joined together.
With eight foundation phase classes at the school, each hosting an average of 40 learners, classrooms are over-crowded and there is a shortage of space. With the new classroom, this overcrowding has been significantly alleviated.
The formidable principal of the school, Mrs Ntombenhle July, expressed her great appreciation to all the funders who have shown faith in the work that she and her team are committed to, all for the sake of the children.
Mrs Artemis Brits, representing Kulula.com (Comair), congratulated the children for being on their best behaviour, despite the scorching heat and sun. She asked them to promise to look after their new structures and to always wave whenever they saw a green plane flying over the school! She said it was truly rewarding to know that Kulula.com was making a difference in the lives of the learners and teachers.
The school is supported by more than 50 local community volunteers who assist foundation phase learners with reading and literacy support through the STAR (Sizani Tutors and Readers) initiative. Mrs Avril Warner runs the STAR programme which was implemented as the school five years ago.
Puleng Phooko, Breadline Africa’s Programme Manager, thanked Kulula.com for once again partnering with Breadline Africa and added that this was the 108th library placed by Breadline Africa. She wished Mrs July and her team all the best in allocating the container classroom as the scramble for the room, by teachers, has become very obvious!
Nomvelo Ngema, a Grade 3 learner, read an excerpt from Winnie the Pooh while Mida Maqabaza in Grade 4, recited a thank you poem that she had written for the occasion. In the poem, she thanked all of the donors for their generosity.