Mvula: Three decades of resolve

2017-05-25 06:00
IMvula Primary School celebrated their 32nd anniversary, pictured here is SGB chair Elliot Mbukane and principal Florence Dlamshe. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

IMvula Primary School celebrated their 32nd anniversary, pictured here is SGB chair Elliot Mbukane and principal Florence Dlamshe. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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It was a day of nostalgia and pride when Mvula Primary School in Nyanga celebrated their 32nd year anniversary on Friday.

The school hosted a two day event to celebrate its founding as a private school in 1985, catering for children from the Crossroads area who did not possess the necessary documentation on registration.

The celebration coincided with the celebration of its founder and principal Florence Dlamshe who saw the need for the school during a period of political unrest.

The school was later adopted by the education department in 2012 which alleviated many of the challenges it faced such as lack of resources and a conducive facility for learning.

Speaking at the event, local ward councillor Khaya Yozi, who is also a former learner at the school said the school must be acknowledged for the tough times that it went through.

“It is commendable what the school has managed to achieve despite its challenges of being a community school.

The foundation phase of the learner development is important and its great to see that this school has produced great learners despite the obstacles,” he said.

Former learners and teachers shared the good and the difficult memories at the school with the chairperson of the School Governing Body Elliot Mbuzane praising Dlamshe’s strong leadership.

“When she came to us and told us that she was planning to celebrate the schools 32nd anniversary we felt that it was important to also celebrate her leadership as well.

Some people are not aware of this school and we therefore need to hear about this great story,” he said.

Marcus Solomon from the Children Resource Centre, an early child development organisation that has been working with the school since is inception, said that he was happy to see the school progress.

Dlamshe, speaking at the event said that she was happy to have come so far and also revealed that she was retiring.

“I have undertaken a big risk by starting this school at the time but I regret nothing. This is not the end though but I still have a lot to give before I step down at the end of the year. My biggest worry is that I will leave without the school having a new building,” she said as she thanked the teachers and parents for their support.

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