Missio Dei School
Quality education remains a challenge in rural communities. Children are faced with numerous hardships including no transport to school and sub-standard levels of education. Language remains an issue as children in rural areas are less exposed to different languages. Once they are behind in education a snow ball effect causes them to be behind in securing employment which subsequently causes numerous social problems that our country faces each day.
In 2012 we started off with a preprimary class and a grade R class for the local children. Our aim was to lift the standard of education and grow the school as the children move on to the next standard. We soon realized that the task at hand was one of mammoth proportions. A shed on one of the farms was allocated to develop the school as it was strategically placed in the center of our community. Several volunteers stepped in and provided assistance at all levels: financially, providing expertise and volunteering to do the work. What started off in a one room classroom grew into a fully equipped school. Today we are humbled to say that we have 145 children enrolled at the school in gr RR- gr 5. Our personnel include 8 full-time teachers and one administrative manager. In school children are not only equipped academically and physically but also guided into a close relationship with Jesus.
The need has overwhelmed us. Sadly we had to turn some children away as we simply cannot accommodate everyone. Word of mouth has brought more and more people to us wanting to place their children in the school. We will have to extend the school in order to accommodate more children. This will implicate more teachers and more staff and more classrooms.