Primary school refurbished

2015-11-17 06:00
Overseas volunteers work at a school in Masiphumelele. Ukhanyo Primary School has received new classrooms, a kitchen and playground. PHOTOS: Rogan Ward

Overseas volunteers work at a school in Masiphumelele. Ukhanyo Primary School has received new classrooms, a kitchen and playground. PHOTOS: Rogan Ward

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Volunteers travelled almost 18 000km to refurbish Ukhanyo Primary School in Masiphumelele.

The 240 volunteers from the international volunteer-led charity Mellon Educate spent a week working at the school.

The volunteers, who have travelled from Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, have been working hard to transform the school that currently accommodates 1 624 primary school pupils.

By Saturday, the volunteers had built seven brand new classrooms and refurbished eight more classrooms. Included in the upgrades are a new kitchen, two sanitation blocks, a changing room and a storage room located by the school’s sports field.

In addition, the volunteers constructed a new playground for the primary school pupils to enjoy.

Since the charity’s inception in 2002 over 10 000 overseas volunteers have travelled to South Africa to participate in week-long housing and education blitzes. During the same period about 12 000 South Africans have taken part in day blitzes.

Training programmeMellon Educate has not only undertaken to physically improve school facilities but is also committed to deliver a two-year mentoring and training results programme – the Mellon Educate results programme (Merp). This intensive programme focuses on literacy and numeracy.

At the end of the building blitz at Ukhanyo Primary School, the Mellon Educate team will begin to implement Merp.

The Merp team has already been working at Oranjekloof Primary in Imizamo Yethu for the last two years and the school has recently won an award which recognises substantial improvement in Mathematics.

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