Ethekwini Primary School situated in the heart of KwaMashu, Durban, will soon be able to welcome learners from grade five to seven. Previously only able to cater to students from Grade R to four, the 16 new classrooms will allow learners to complete their final year of primary school, without having to leave their community, before transitioning to high school. Further upgrades to the school include 37 new ablution facilities, two kitchens, a staffroom, tuckshop, two fully equipped playgrounds, as well as a new admin block for staff.
The school offers a range of educational courses, including teacher training, menstrual hygiene programmes for girls and an eight-day nutrition workshop for community members. “Quality education is about more than just upgraded facilities. It requires skilled and supported staff, good nutrition and programmes that empower learners,” says Tara Stretch, South Africa Manager of the Cotton On Foundation, the organisation that has funded and managed the upgrade.
The non-profit delivered on its commitment to bring quality education to South Africa, creating an additional 1 280 educational placements at Ethekwini Primary School. “This is an incredibly exciting step in the Cotton On Foundation’s journey in South Africa. Our work at Ethekwini Primary School means that children are receiving access to quality education,” says Stretch.
The Foundation, which is the philanthropic wing of the Cotton On Group, announced a further commitment to quality educational projects in South Africa, revealing its second local school project with Dr JL Dube High School, situated a short distance away from Ethekwini Primary School.
“Our partnership with Dr JL Dube aims to establish a solid pathway for children to pursue further education into secondary school,” says Stretch. “Closing the loop in this way, means we are breaking down the barriers local children face in accessing sustained quality education.”
Developing a model which delivers quality education through multi-faceted, scalable and sustainable educational projects and programmes, the Foundation has raised over R1-billion globally for projects in South Africa, Uganda, Thailand and Australia.
With a focus on long term solutions to food security, the Foundation’s Nutrition Mission is an education-based food programme that covers basic nutrition, common health problems, hygiene, kitchen equipment and safety, as well as practical cooking lessons which include healthy recipes and cooking methods. Since its launch in 2015, the programme has seen over 2 000 graduates globally.
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South Africa Manager: Tara Stretch