New classrooms for Gateway Christian School

2017-03-29 06:02
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 (chair 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 (chair of executive board) and Melvin Isiah (principal).

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A GENEROUS R1,2 million donation from local and overseas churches, a Canadian NPO, “Classrooms for Africa” and the United Kingdom Trust made it possible for Gateway Christian School to construct four additionial classrooms on the property.

Speaking at the official handover of the project initiated in 2013, chairperson of the school’s executive board Dr Chris Thenjwayo said the project was initiated to accommodate the growing number of pupils.

The school has 490 pupils, from Grade RR to Grade 7.

The school opened in January 1998, catering for pupils in Grades 1, 2 and 3. Grades 1 and 2 met in opposite ends of Gateway Hall, and Grade 3 were taught in the chapel because at that stage the school had no buildings of its own.

The principal’s office was part of a storeroom, shared with piles of stationery. Since its opening, the school has grown immensely and now comprises 16 classrooms, a library, an administration block and a hall shared with Project Gateway.

“It is our vision as the board to see that poorer areas have facilities like this where children can access quality but affordable education. We are very grateful for the donation made by the UK Trust and Classrooms for Africa,” said Thenjwayo.

Project Gateway CEO Jabu Mnculwane said they hoped to grow from a primary school to a high school.

“We want to thank everyone who contributed. We will still rely on this partnership moving forward and urge more sponsors to donate.”

The four classrooms will be for Grade 6 and 7 pupils. Principal Melvin Isiah also expressed his gratitude for the donation. “We are extremely grateful to those who generously contributed towards the building of this fine block. May God richly bless you.”

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