Oval North Secondary School in Rocklands is the proud new owner of two laboratories.Learners at the school had to imagine experiment outcomes because of the lack of adequate laboratory and resource facilities, but are now able to see the real thing – thanks to the sponsorship of a new science facility.The South African Muslim Charitable Trust (SAMCT) sponsored the science laboratory and resources valued at more than R236 000 when it learned of the school’s plight.The school is an underresourced educational institution with a proactive approach to the educational needs of South Africa. Speaking at the official handover of the new facilities on Monday 1 August, SAMCT trustee Faried Boltman said: “At a time when maths, technology and, particularly, science education has become a national imperative, it is most heartening to find in Oval North Secondary, a school with an engineering focus and where the study of physical science is compulsory for its learners. “It is sad, however, that in spite of this forward thinking approach, the school lacks the top class facilities necessary to ensure its learners have every opportunity to excel and are unable to benefit from actually conducting experiments in order to better grasp such obviously difficult scientific concepts.”In spite of this barrier and the fact that the school is located in an area fraught with social problems,Oval North Secondary School has long maintained a professional approach to education, delivering exceptional results in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.“Regardless of the challenges it faces, this is a school which simply refuses to buckle and slip into the mire of mediocrity because of its situation and location,” Boltman adds. “This is a school with the initiative, resourcefulness and courage to rise above its difficulties, introducing a range of science and maths programmes to improve its educational ability for the benefit of learners.”The school’s principal, Na-aim Kassiem, and his team have long been passionate about the active promotion of science education, in spite of lacking the necessary and appropriate laboratory facilities. The school has been selected as a Focus School of Excellence for engineering and technical subjects.“This speaks volumes about the sheer determination, dedication and drive displayed by the school’s management, principal and teachers,” says Boltman.