KZN SCHOOL NEGLECTED
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
Khanyisa Primary School is situated deep in the rural parts of KwaNgcolosi not very far from the iNanda Dam.
The unforgiving dusty roads of KwaNgcolosi are not for the faint hearted and some use them for adventure trips to the dam with their families.
But for Principal Sbongiseni Mamba, the rocky roads have been a route to work for the past 15 years, and he says not one thing has changed.
Mamba was already waiting at the gate to welcome Hope To Educate- a non-profit organisation providing lifestyle and HIV/AIDS education through its peer education to his school.
The school was opened in 1957, and looking at it today, not many improvements to the school have been made.
The dryness quickly gets the visitors feeling uncomfortable. “I don’t think I could live in this air,” Hope to Educates Program Manager Londeka Choba explains as she quickly runs in to the nearest classroom.
Hope to Educate’s visit to the school was motivated by the lack of resources in the school. “We want to bring about awareness in the concept of resource mobilisation,” Choba said.
The school does not have a library; the children still use long drop toilets that have been there for over five decades.
The organization hopes to adopt the school for six months.
“By the end of these six months they must be equipped and exposed to resources. They must have built a long term relationship with the stakeholders we introduce to them and they must be able obtain resources even when we are not around,” said Choba.
“We are not the bridge, but we are here to build the bridge,” she added.
She said that in that way, they know the school will still be able to function even when Hope to Educate is gone.