Gezahlace Primary School


Tuesday we visited Gezahlace Primary School. In Zulu, “Gezahlace” means “wash up and stay a while” which at first blush has a funny image and insinuates we need to clean up, but the deeper meaning is one of hospitality and welcome. We are so welcome here.

Gezahlace is a rural school with 250 learners in just three classrooms, plus three prefab units, one of which is the office and teacher room. The learners walk from as far as 8km (5 mi) to get to school, but they make the trip each morning and evening because education is important here, and they know this is how they will excel in their community and the world.

The principal Gugu Cele told us the teachers can do so much more if they have only one class in the room at a time (of course!) and that the parents will be more likely to send the learners to school if they can be warm and dry indoors during class.

Gezahlace Primary- Barbara Tammie principal Gugu Cele and Henry

Gezahlace Primary- Barbara Tammie principal Gugu Cele and Henry

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