The success of the Khanyisa Inanda Community Project is reliant on its ability to reach more students, teachers and principals in the surrounding Inanda Schools. Our plan is also to lift the maths, science, accounting and language skills of children within their own communities, without them having to travel further afield – which is often a great financial burden on a family. The community intervention to date has shown the real need for such a programme within the Inanda district. In order for expansion to occur and for the intervention not to further stress the existing resources, staffing and finances of the Inanda Seminary, it is deemed necessary to build a multi-purpose centre on the grounds of Inanda Seminary that will benefit both the community, as well as the students attending the seminary.
The plan is to build a much needed multi-purpose hall, a computer centre and offices for the Khanyisa Inanda Community Project. The multi-purpose hall would be used as a sports hall by the Seminary during school hours, a teaching space for the Khanyisa Inanda Community Project and a testing space that would be able to accommodate a whole grade for examinations or bench marking tests. The hall facility could house eight classes separated by dividing screens and mobile white boards.
In January 2015, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the opening of a new digital classroom being piloted in Tembisa stated the following:
“Technology, the internet, a multi-skilled workforce, innovation and collaboration are critical to the success of the knowledge economy. To thrive in the 21st century, we need to acquire new skills and be able to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment. One of the factors constraining economic growth in South Africa is the relative shortage of e-skills.”
The Global Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum in 2015, stated that South Africa’s global e-readiness ranking had dropped from 47th place in 2007 to 75th in 2015.
The establishment of a computer centre at Inanda Seminary will give the children from the community “access to the world”. Having access to computers and information technology “enables educators and students to access resources that exist beyond the walls of the classroom.” (Cyril Ramaphosa)
The exciting news is that we have commenced with the building of our new computer centre. Thanks to the generous support of the Victor Daitz Foundation, we have been able to start building this centre, together with the offices for the KICP project. We still need funding to provide the equipment and technology inside, so please could hold of Cathy Bean if you have any contacts that could help with this.
Saturday School Classrooms and Indoor Multi-Purpose Hall
Inanda Seminary does not have an indoor sports centre for the students attending the Seminary. An indoor sports facility enables different sporting codes, such as netball, basketball and volleyball, hockey to practice all year round. Inanda participates in the Durban action netball league, and the basketball league and it would be greatly beneficial for the students to be able to practice on the school property. The Seminary also plays matches in hockey, volleyball against various Durban schools and these could also be hosted in the multi-purpose centre during the rainy season. In the past year, two sporting festivals were cancelled due to the rain; and if the multi-purpose centre had been built, these festivals could still have taken place. Other activities like physical education classes as well as extra-murals such as dancing and aerobics can also take place in the indoor sports centre.
The multi-purpose hall would convert extremely well into space for hosting 8 of the Saturday classes without the KICP having to rely heavily on the Seminary classrooms and impact on its own Saturday School Programme. The 8 classes could be conducted in the hall with the use of movable room dividers and mobile white boards. In addition this space could be used for the conducting of KICP Benchmarking tests.
Testing space for examinations
Inanda Seminary does not have a big enough hall or space where whole grades can be accommodated to write their examinations. It is envisaged that the multi-purpose hall will double up as a testing space to be used during assessment periods such as when the matric classes write their final examinations.
Offices for the Khanyisa Inanda Community Project (KICP)
With the current expansion of the Khanyisa Inanda Community Project into additional public schools, and providing more intervention classes, leadership training and professional development, it will become necessary to provide offices and training facilities for the existing and future employed staff. At present, the project is housed in school offices, where there is already a shortage of space.