Improved school an injection of hope

Pretoria – The Olifantsvlei Primary School in Eikenhof is not just brick and mortar, it represents an injection of hope and displays a collective commitment to quality education.

This is according to the Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty who on Monday morning joined Shanduka and the Adopt-a-School Foundation to officially handover the primary school to the Eikenhof community in Gauteng.

“It is always exciting to be part of a new beginning for a community; because this is what this school handover represents, a new beginning.

“The new state-of-the-art school will break generational poverty and underdevelopment as it will benefit not only the current learners enrolled or teachers working in Olifantsvlei Primary School but the whole Eikenhof community and beyond,” the Deputy Minister said at the event attended by parents, learners and staff.

He thanked the Shanduka - Adopt-a-School Foundation and its partners 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,” said Deputy Minister Surty, acknowledging the 10 year milestone of actively assisting the school and community.

Since 2005, the Shanduka-Adopt-a-School Foundation employees have been spending some days with the learners to motivate them and they have participated in basic maintenance of the school’s infrastructure, painting classrooms as well as attending to the vegetable garden.

“Since the adoption of the school in 2005, over 9000 learners have benefitted from a new school wing which includes a library, science laboratory and an art centre.

“In addition, the school has been renovated with five more classrooms and an administration block - this is truly a good story to tell,” he said.

He called on the learners, parents, teachers, administrative staff and the community at large to make the best of the school.

“You must love it, use it and protect it from criminals. Learners must attend school regularly and respect teachers. Teachers must be at school on time teaching for at least seven hours.”