Four new classrooms for Gateway Christian School

2017-03-22 06:03
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileAt the official handover of the new classroom block at Gateway Christian School (from left) Jabu Mnculwane (Project Gateway CEO), Dr Chris Thenjwayo (chairman of executive board) and Melvin Isiah (principal).

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileAt the official handover of the new classroom block at Gateway Christian School (from left) Jabu Mnculwane (Project Gateway CEO), Dr Chris Thenjwayo (chairman of executive board) and Melvin Isiah (principal).

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MUCH joy and excitement was seen at Project Gateway as they, and Gateway Christian School board members and pupils attended the opening of four new classrooms last Thursday.

The school has 490 pupils ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 7.

Chris Thenjwayo, chairperson of the executive board for Gateway Christian School, said they were meant to get only two classrooms, but funding response was good, enabling them to get four.

“The growth of the school was a result of the growing demand from parents, hence we ended up getting four classes. The vision continues for poor black children to get quality education.

“We commend the Classrooms for Africa as well as UK Trust for their fantastic job towards the building of the classes,” he said.

The new classrooms are for Grade 6 and Grade 7 pupils.

Pupils sang gospel songs and teachers prayed over the classrooms at the event.

Principal Melvin Isaiah said it was a historical moment for the school.

“We are extremely grateful to those who generously contributed towards the construction of this fine block,” he said.

Project Gateway chief executive officer, Jabu Mnculwane, said they received R1.2 million from local and overseas churches. He said they would like to extend the school to Grade 12 in the future.

“We thank everyone who donated, it will not go unnoticed. We ask anyone who might be willing to donate to the school to come forward. If one donates to our organisation, they get to claim from the tax man,” he said.

When asked about the progress on the block, which caught alight last year, Mnculwane said churches have started a fund to fix the block.

“There was a committee focusing on that. However, at this stage we are awaiting a response from engineers on what will happen next.

“We still need to know what caused the fire,” he said.

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