The challenge: Two classrooms at Sea View Senior Secondary School in Zithulele in the rural Eastern cape need to be made teaching-ready before school begins on January 21.
The catch: Theyâ€™re totally dilapidated â€“ with broken windows and doors; holes in the roofs; no paint, desks, blackboards, posters, bookshelves, cupboards and so forth; and currently serve as a kraal for the village sheep.
So, how does this happen?
The project is being spearheaded by Tim Hutchinson, a teacher at the school, whoâ€™s teamed up with the Jabulani Rural Health Foundation to get donations from anyone willing to help buy materials for the renovations.
The plan is for two teachers â€“ each heading a team of five or six learners, a project manager and a couple of experienced builders â€“ to renovate one classroom each. The teams will fix the broken windows and doors, paint and decorate, and make it a personal and inspiring learning space. At the end of it all, thereâ€™ll be prizes and a party.
Watch this space to see whether they will succeed in turning these kraals into classrooms in time for the 2015 school year.
Featured image: Sea View Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape. Image supplied.