Jobstown Combined Primary is a school of 1,200 learners, 36km from Newcastle CBD between Madadeni and Osizweni, Northern KwaZulu Natal. On our initial visit to the school on 18 January 2019, we learnt of the many difficulties faced by these enthusiastic learners. Young voices broke into song welcoming our team. Some had no socks, some had very short uniforms, some with torn shoes, but all had a smile on their faces.
Thereafter the students, without complain, listened to our motivational talk standing under the African sky with nothing but their hands above their heads so as to shelter them from the blistering heat.
Shortage of classrooms and stationery plague the school where 66 students are crammed per class. What a task for these teachers! But the most concerning issue is the use of unsanitary pit toilets by both students and staff. unfortunately are part of the daily challenges at the school.
South Africa no longer lives in the apartheid era where black students received about a fifth of the funding of white peers.
Our school systems are not segregated by race but divided by wealth. Despite these conditions, Jobstown Primary continues to produce dedicated students. It is no wonder. Jobstown has produced the likes of Professor Stan Sangweni, world renowned academic. Mavuso Msimang, struggle stalwart and former Director General of Home Affairs & Dr. Sandile Khubeka, listed as South Africa’s youngest doctor in 2014. The school has won the national music competition 3 times among other accolades.
About 12 million children in South Africa live below the poverty line. Colours of Hope feels it only fitting to continue to contribute to one of Nelson Mandela’s greatest passions: children’s education. Not only is it important to make education accessible to every child in South Africa but also to ensure that their educational journey is a beneficial one. A journey in life that should not make them further despair.
Help Colours of Hope raise funds to make education a bit better for the learners of Jobstown Primary School. Will you join us and open your doors for the next generation?
#Riding4SAeducation with Salaamedia
Proceeds of this project are in support of #Riding4SAeducation. Salaam Foundation hosts their annual #Riding4SAeducation campaign by assisting learners in difficult circumstances. The ride for 2019 commenced on 13 January 2019 and culminated on 27 January 2019. The team has covered a total distance of 1500km, from Maputo in Mozambique to Maseru in Lesotho and then on to Johannesburg. Along the journey cyclists stopped at various schools and institutions raising awareness about the importance of education to thousands of students and community members. At the end of the journey, the needs of these impoverished schools will be assessed and if funds allow, development projects in some of these institutions can be implemented and/or sustained. Our children are tomorrows leaders. Lets invest in their education.