Brothers of Christian Schools
The Lwanga District of Africa
 
 

Brother Joseph Kiely has been involved in founding several schools in the Rustenberg – Phokeng area of South Africa.  In 1995, Tsholifelo Community College was established to serve the educational and training needs of Boitekong squatter settlement.

Bishop Kevin Dowling blessed the site the same year.  Courses offered include carpentry, electricity, sewing, arts and crafts, secretarial, engineering, and computer.

Nearby in Freedom Park squatter camp are three schools. Vukuzenzele Primary School, established in 2000,  consists of  “buildings”  which are actually converted  shipping containers.

Enrollment is currently 700 children in grades 1 to 6.  On the same site is Sizamani Adult Centre which offers reading education in the evenings. Freedom Park Creche, for children aged 3 to 6,  currently takes care of 150 youngsters.
In 1998, Kopanang Centre for People with Disabilities was established as a branch of  a “low cost housing” display building by a company called “micro-housing.”

Presently there are 40 attending on a regular basis: 20 children in the crèche section and 20 adults learning various skills such as sewing, baking, flower arrangement, and bead work.

The most recently established school is Masizakhe Adult Centre.  It opened in April 2007 to serve the needs of the Nkaneng squatter camp
 
A tin shack, 6m by 6m, loaned by the Methodist Church, is the only classroom at present.  Plans, however, are in place to have refurbished shipping containers in use soon.  The 30 students currently enrolled take classes in basic reading, writing, and numeracy.The facilitators are undergoing computer training.

Groups of  religion (RE)  teachers are invited to enhance their theological knowledge and classroom skills by enrolling in a part-time program called “Echoing the Word.”   It runs for 10 x 5-hour sessions held on Saturday mornings once a month. Up to now 104 people have graduated from the program.  In the year 2007,  48 participated in two centres.