EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
In a league table of education systems drawn up in 2015 by the OECD countries, South Africa ranked at the bottom, 75th out of 76, while spending more as a % of GDP than most. Corruption, lack of resources and bad quality of teaching have been named as the principal causes.
The Sir Lowry’s Pass Primary School was in dire need of a school hall. All assemblies and school events were held out in the open, in all weathers. This is a common thing for the vast majority of the poorer regions in South Africa. The village is home to a number of our workers and their families and they’re integral to us achieving our Journey from grape to glass, so we decided to help in the building of a school hall. A government proposed project, they were required as a community to raise RS 0.5m of which they fell far short of despite active fund raising, Journey’s End agreed to fund half of the cost. The building work was successfully completed in March 2018.
The school hall not only holds the daily assembly but allows the children to put on plays and concerts, and can also be hired for private events, driving much needed revenue.