South Africa's Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has finally opened Soshanguve East Secondary after it had invested $8 million (R106 million) to build the technology ready school in the City of Tshwane municipality.
“The provision of schools with modern facilities in townships will go a long way to improve and transform the quality of education in the townships. It will also have an economic impact and assist to stimulate the township
economy,” said Memeber of Exective Council (MEC) Panyaza Lesufi.
Lesufi explained that they, the GDE, are prioritizing township education because they don't want South African citizens to be exposed to technology or experience utilization of tablets and computers for the first time at university.
"Through the investment we are making; our leaners, the future gold who must develop future technology to benefit their community and take this country forward,”Panyaza Lesufi, MEC for Education in Gauteng Province, South Africa
Soshanguve East Secondary School is one of four schools that have been opened by the GDE since they made the promise in July 2016 they will open a new school once every month. The other schools that have already been opened are Garankuwa Primary School, Nellmapius Secondary School, Bophelong New Secondary School and the Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela Primary School.
The school is a modern information technology ready facility with a design based on a prototype that incorporates the Department of Education National Schools Infrastructure Norms and Standards. The school falls in
the mega school category due to size that responds to the demand trends encountered across the province. The school boasts the following unique facilities and features:
- 30 Classrooms (Junior Block G (Grade 8 and 9’s) with 12
classrooms, Senior Block H with 18 classrooms)
- 2 Science laboratories
- 2 Multi-purpose rooms
- 1 Computer Laboratory
- IT Control Room
- A Library
- Nutrition Centre with Dining Hall
- School Hall
- Concrete palisade fence
- Covered walkways
- Sports facility
- Soccer and rugby field
- Combi courts
- Plant Room
Soshanguve East Secondary School is also a green school as it has:
- Roof Insulation (reduces energy loss from the buildings)
- Glazing (that maximises natural light into the building and reduces
energy loss from the building)
- Energy saving lighting (LED Light fittings)
- Rainwater harvesting
- Insulated walls for heat conservation and soundproof.
- 120m3 Underground Rainwater Harvesting Tank
Soshanguve East Secondary School is said to be among the "many state of the art new-templates for secondary schools". GDE say that they aim to continue opening one
new modern school every month until 2019.