Siyabathwa, Umphezeni, and Gezahlace schools


We are well within our first series of visits to potential sites for classrooms as well as those that have recently received them. We have visited a handful of locations within the Eshowe area of South Africa, such as Syiabathwa, Umphezeni where we have already built classrooms, and Gezahlace which badly needs classrooms for its 300 learners who currently only have 3 classrooms. The excitement, enthusiasm, and emotions that we encountered was overwhelming and inspiring.  At each location we were greeted with a whirlwind of music, dance, and compassion from the students whose fervent desire for proper education truly showed the importance of what we are trying to do.  We were able to talk to those primarily responsible for the schools and students who were able to communicate to us the reasons for needed physical space for the learners  The most poignent example being the math classes help beneath trees, while although beautiful is not a suitable environment for learning during harsher weather conditions.

Our tours helped us focus on the specific needs and issues that we need to address to properly develop their education.  While both beautitful and inspirational, our experience has also been troubling in seeing the needs these driven students have.  We left Eshowe this morning for our trek to new locations, with a small stop on the way in St. Lucia to take in Africa’s natural elements on safari. www.africaclassroomconnection.org

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kelly Follett on August 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Tammie,
    It is so wonderful to see all of the photos and good that you are doing! It is inspiring. Congratulations on this fantastic enterprise! Have fun and be safe!

    Kelly

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  2. Posted by Chrissy Follett on August 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Tammie,
    Great pictures! The kids look very happy to have everyone there! We miss you tons and Aiden love’s the Chocolate straws you sent him!
    Call me when you get home.
    Love Chrissy! 🙂

    Reply

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