ASIDI :New School for Dikela Completed
Pretoria - Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty on Friday officiated the handing over of Mqokolweni Senior Primary School to the community of Dikela location in the Libode district in the Eastern Cape.
The school forms part of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI), a national programme that is addressing school infrastructure backlogs, especially the inappropriate and unsafe schools, and mud schools.
Eastern Cape communities have been prioritised to receive new schools because of school infrastructure challenges experienced in the province.
Educators and learners at Mqokolweni SPS say the new school has made learning and teaching convenient. Learners will now be able to get computer lessons in fully equipped computer laboratories on laptops.
The standard facilities in all the new schools include a multi-purpose centre, library, science lab, dedicated Grade R centre, decent sanitation facilities and administration block.
Friday's handover was attended by district education officials and the local community. It was an occasion marked by song and dance as the community celebrated a milestone in their journey towards a better future for their children.
In his speech, the Deputy Minister pointed out that government had made education an apex priority, adding that what had once been a bleak prospect was now a promising future.
He encouraged the learners to make the best possible use of their brand new facilities.
The ASIDI project has become part of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC), which is aimed at rolling out infrastructure delivery in the country.
The one-school-a-week campaign was officially launched by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on 17 July 2013 at the handover ceremony of Mandela Park Primary School in Mthatha, and it coincided with the celebration of the 95th birthday celebration of former President Nelson Mandela.
The occasion was used to demonstrate Madiba's passion for education, especially his rallying call for business to invest in education by building schools in needy communities.
The government's contribution to replacing inappropriate school structures through ASIDI has become a significant milestone for the expansion of access to basic education for all South African children.
The new schools complement the Department of Basic Education's efforts to fight against inequality in education.
The second phase of the campaign programme will see the inclusion of the schools that will be completed towards the end of the year.