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Johannesburg - The Star Teach Fund has delivered a pre-fab classroom to an overcrowded school in Soweto. Obed Mosiane Primary School last week took ownership of a full-size classroom complete with blackboard and pinboards sponsored by Shell Case Building Solutions.
Obed Mosiane is a no-fees school in Dobsonville that has catered to 1 400 pupils since 2009 and the new classroom will be well used as a Grade 4 class.
The Star’s Teach Fund aims to alleviate poverty in educational environments by providing much-needed resources.
At the hand-over, operations director for Shell Case, Simphiwe Zama, said the company valued their relationships with communities and education was close to its heart.
“We are proud to be associated with The Star and are looking forward to doing more in the future. We are happy to give back to the community as our core business is with education, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal.”
As one of the GDE’s preferred pre-fabricated classroom manufacturers, Shell Case has been involved in installing entire schools in areas where the population has grown to such an extent that schooling facilities can’t cater to the needs of the local community’s youth. With output of 11 classrooms a day, they are well placed to provide the fully kitted learning centres.
At a cost of R130 000, the classrooms that Shell Case build are designed to imitate conventional classrooms. The pre-fabricated learning facilities have the same feel as their brick and mortar counterparts.
Managing director Carlo Vos says the design breaks the last resistance to pre-fab buildings.
“What we do differently is the use of a tiled roof and coating the walls with concrete. The inside panelling is also fire-proof, thanks to a fire-stop board.”
An entire school was built in this fashion by Shell Case. When the burgeoning settlement of Zandspruit put pressure on the local high school, a new secondary school was commissioned by the GDE. Shell Casing began installation of the project in January, producing 33 classrooms, 12 toilet blocks and administration structures for the soon-to-be-opened school. Grass has been planted around the classrooms set in concrete bases.
The terracing of the school, water fountains and paving were also completed by Shell Casing.
As with Zandspruit Secondary, Obed Mosiane is situated in an ever-growing suburb in Soweto. The Star’s Teach Fund has supported the school over the years by sponsoring the children on seaside trips.
“It is with pleasure that after many years of sending under-privileged kids from the school on our seaside trips, The Star can now offer Obed Mosiane a structure that will help them to achieve the academic results they are aiming for,” said The Star’s marketing manager, Barbara McGorian.
The sponsored classroom at Obed Mosiane will help alleviate the overcrowding, said school governing body deputy chairwoman Thelma Williams.
She said the annual results for 2012 needed improvement, even though Obed Mosiane Primary was not considered “under-performing” and resources like more classrooms would aid this.
Headmistress Ethel Bopape said the school wanted to leave a legacy and assistance from the private sector would go a long way towards realising her dream.