Ekuphumleni Senior Secondary School launched its old students’ association who had attended the school between 1994 and 2018, from which an interim committee was elected on Wednesday.
The school principal, Lizwe Ngalo, said the old students’ association was formed to maintain the legacy of the school by developing its “model high school” vision before 2025.
“Ekuphumleni vision 2025 is a seven-year plan to turn the school around to be responsive to the needs of 21st century pupils and beyond. We have 11 projects we need to establish to achieve our goals. Some of them include building a hostel that will accommodate 500 pupils, followed by the construction of a multi-purpose hall and a school house. We also plan to construct sports grounds, revamp the science lab and school library.”
He said this could not be achieved by the school as funding had to be sourced from other platforms.
“Our main partners are the Umckaloabo Foundation from Germany and we are now recruiting the former students to come on board. The main goal is to keep Ekuphumleni running for future generations, because we see historical schools which have produced great and influential people closing down.”
He said the event, which had been organised by the grade 10 pupils since January, turned out bigger than expected.
The grade10s used social media platforms to track the former pupils of the school. We expected 200 but to our surprise about 350 arrived.
Luisa Fighter from Samantha Foundation was present. Also present was a non-profit organisation from the Western Cape which assists schools from rural areas with the challenges they face.
The foundation had helped organise my trip to the Umckaloaba Foundation in Germany which was one of its partners last year. The main speaker was Mensi Duka, education development officer from Cradock.
Ngalo said: “We have formed the main structure of the school’s association and branches in other provinces. We have branches in six provinces and need to secure some in Mpumalanga, Kwazulu Natal and the Northern Cape. The interim structure will be valid till June next year and its core responsibility will be to come up with a final constitution, to open a website and a trust account which will be used to contribute to the aforementioned projects.
“We are looking forward to working together with the old students and advancing the development of the school. This is also to teach the youth about the importance of ploughing back to their schools.”