Container classroom boost for school
A GROUP of good Samaritans braved a cold and wet morning to donate a mobile classroom to Usasazo Secondary School in Khayelitsha.
Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo, South African Breweries (SAB) and Container Rental and Sales yesterday donated the mobile classroom to the school, which has more than 1 300 pupils.
The 58m ² mobile container classroom will accommodate around 30 pupils.
Principal Patrick Barnes said the initiative was the result of UCT students having donated a science lab to the school, which had unfortunately left them with a shortage of learning space.
“UCT donated the lab on condition that it is used solely as a science lab and is properly maintained.
“We had no other option, but to double it up as a classroom because the school did not have space for a lab, so that meant we were a class- room short,” he said.
Barnes approached the Education Department, but was told there were insufficient funds to build an extra classroom, or to supply a mobile one.
“That was when I approached the Health Department and they went to SAB on our behalf.”
With schools re- opening on Monday, Barnes said he was certain the mobile classroom would “revive the pupils’ desire for learning and that will further improve results”.
“When I joined the school in 2012 the pass rate was sitting at 53 percent. Through sound partnerships, we are now sitting at 85 percent.
“We are growing as a school because of these partnerships and the children also appreciate the things done for them by outsiders, so I am sure that this will make them want to do more than they are doing now.”
Mbombo said her involvement in the project was close to her heart.
“I believe there is a need for a real focus on education so at the start of the year I look at primary school children and their needs, and at this time of the year I look at high schools.
“The principal approached our department seeking assistance and we reached out to SAB and they gladly donated this mobile classroom which will help pupils who really need it.”
Mbombo said there was a need to support pupils with resources.
Clifford Hoffman, from Container Rental and Sales, the company that made the mobile classroom, told Weekend Argus he believed the structure would “bring change to the school and the community”.
A library was also donated to the school earlier this year.
Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo, Usasazo Secondary School governing body chairman Thulani Gcayiya and principal Patrick Barnes at the handover of a new mobile classroom in Khayelitsha yesterday.