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Visiting Zwelenqaba S.S.S. (Part III/IV) / Collaboration

On my third trip to the school (8/8/2007) I was pleasantly surprised, that the principal Mr. Genukile had handed over his office to an H.o.D. Mr. Ziduli. On arrival at the school I was told the reason:

The school kids had gone on strike and had refused to write their June exams until the Principal was removed from his office and from the school altogether!! Their reasons sound very legitimate. I won't repeat them here, as the allegations are under departmental investigation. All I can say is, that I had my doubts about a headmaster who was never at school when I called him, dressed very flashily and preferred to talk about personal problems rather than project matters.

Deep respect to the "learners of Zwelenqaba"! May this resolution and courage of your convictions carry you forward through fulfilling and rewarding lives as adults who are not scared to do the right thing.

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On this trip we prepared an agenda for the meeting with SELF (Bob and Jeff) and discussed things the school could do in the meantime. One matter was the rusting of the burglar bars on the multimedia room of the school The school also mentioned the possibility of hiring a tent for the day. I didn't think that was necessary because of the cost.

On the next trip to the school 15/8/2007, like magic, a tent stood in the breeze and high white clouds billowed overhead. It was a day of mixed weather with rain and sunshine - so the tent was very useful. Also the burglar bars had been painted, a beaming Mr. Sayti (member of the community) had rustled up the rust binding paint and done a good job. Jeff, SELF's Project Director, sized up the situation and found an interested technician in Mr. Zinto the Physics teacher.

All in all, the community, teachers and of course the school kids were extremely enthusiastic and happy about the day and Jeff's visit. The word of the day was collaboration - we are all looking forward to an extremely successful collaborative project.

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Posted: August 27th 2007 08:16
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