East­ern Cape ben­e­fits from ASIDI

Vuk'uzenzele - - Yoeudutchaftoiocnus - Ter­ence Khala

Crisp winds sweep over the rolling hills of Hla­bati, a homestead lo­cated be­tween Mthatha and Qumbu in the East­ern Cape, where a group of brightly clad young men rum­ble along on horses as lo­cal cows threaten to bar­ri­cade the snaking roads.

Whis­tles in their mouths, the young men were part of the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion’s han­dover of Dweba Pri­mary School to the Hla­bati com­mu­nity, fas­cilated by Provin­cial Leg­is­la­ture Mem­ber Mpumelelo Saziwa, .

“This school boasts sta­teof-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, such as a sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory, fully-re­sourced li­brary and a nu­tri­tion cen­tre. The school’s 578 pupils have a wel­com­ing space. It’s an in­sti­tu­tion of learn­ing that will nur­ture the minds of the na­tion’s fu­ture lead­ers,” said Saziwa.

The han­dover re­sulted from the Ac­cel­er­ated School In­fra­struc­ture De­liv­ery Ini­tia­tive (ASIDI).

With 134 schools com­pleted in the East­ern Cape alone, the prov­ince is ASIDI’s high­est bene­fac­tor. An­other 248 schools have been pro­vided with wa­ter, 167 with san­i­ta­tion and 180 with elec­tric­ity.

“For many of us we could only dream of hav­ing such a world­class fa­cil­ity here in Hla­bati. We look for­ward to pre­sent­ing to the na­tion some of the East­ern Cape’s best learn­ers in the near fu­ture,” said prin­ci­pal Ja­cob Ge­orge.

The ob­jec­tive of the ASIDI is to erad­i­cate the ba­sic safety norms back­log in schools with­out wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and elec­tric­ity, and to replace those schools con­structed from in­ap­pro­pri­ate ma­te­rial to con­trib­ute towards lev­els of op­ti­mum learn­ing and teach­ing. The Schools In­fra­struc­ture Back­log Grant funds the ASIDI port­fo­lio.

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