Mandela School of Technology for Mandela's birthplace
THE Mandela School of Technology was launched at former president Nelson Mandela's birthplace in Mvezo village in Eastern Cape at the weekend
At a ceremony attended by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshega, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom and Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, the school was launched to be built as soon as possible.
The Mandela School of Technology, with a capacity of 700 students, will be the first high school in the area that only has three high schools. The closest high school is 80km away.
"At the moment Mvezo is isolated. We are still bedeviled by massive underdevelopment evident through poor road infrastructure, and a lack of basic services such as running water and primary healthcare, so we are hoping that through education the youth of Mvezo will connect with the global community and equip themselves to address these challenges we are facing" said Mandela.
Mandela said the idea of the school came about through the interaction of the community and the Mvezo traditional council and the need to think in broader terms and to be able to shape the lifestyle of the youth.
"We are overjoyed that our dream of building a high school for this area is finally coming to fruition, especially with the generous contribution of Siemens."
The school, which will be a boarding school, will not only be for the Mvezo community but for other surrounding communities.
Motshega said the curriculum would not be a challenge and that the pupils would be exposed to the same curriculum as others.
"It is hard to service a community as dispatched as this one and it is unfortunate that the government cannot support the needs of the community but this idea of a big school in a rural area is more viable.
"On our own this couldn't have been possible - we need partnerships to make things like these possible.
"There will be a broad framework which will obviously include maths and science and there will be no curriculum challenge at all," said Motshega