N.R Mandela school comes to its senses

2016-02-11 06:00
 Aphiwe Sobutyu

Aphiwe Sobutyu

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Dr Nr Mandela High School is known as a school that is teeming with violence and gangsters.

This is despite the fact that the school has done well in terms of year-end results and having produced a great number of students who have gone on to do well.

If you take a walk within the streets of many communities, people speak bad of the school and that parents no longer want to send their children to study there.

We are a group of previous learners from the school, and have partnered with the acting principal, Mr Bashe and the teachers, as a means to find a solution to this stigmatisation.

We have resolved to form an Alumni Association, where we work personally with the school to guarantee that its intended vision and mission is accomplished in the hearts and minds of the community and its crop of learners.

Mr Bashe informed us that an Alumni Association is not a new phenomena.

Luhlaza High School in Khayelitsha has one in existance for a number of years now, he said.

Luhlaza is well-known as a front-runner for progress in the Black communities of the Western Cape, so we took this idea with both hands and hope to give it life.

We have now launched a new vision and mission for the school, something which they didn’t have for quite a while.

It reads: “we aim to be recognised as a school of high achievers in a safe environment”.

Our mission reads thus: “we want to reach, connect and celebrate alumni and friends of the school to build lifelong relationships, and to support the school’s mission.” With all being said, we hope and believe that the community will support and encourage this great initiative.

We are currently working with a group of teachers and learner representatives, in making sure that we are steering a moving boat and it would be great if more former learners of the school would join the association and contribute their own ideas.

This association will benefit current learners in many ways because we seek to change their level of education and the rate of the school and also we want to instil a positive mindset to them, by making sure that we inspire them everyday.

Our other mandate is to show them that if you put your mind into something then you can achieve it and we want to create long life relationships with highly recognised companies and also international institutions. For our school is named after a great icon, Tat’uMadiba who was all about making change and shaping people lives for the better.

We also want the school to recognise and celebrate their alumni because it is them that make us who we are today and they have invested a lot in our future.

Mandela High should never be seen as a school that solves its problems by violence, and should never be seen as the dumping place for good-for-nothing learners or gangsters..aphiwe.aphiwesobutyu.s@gmail.com

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