On 15 January 2014, the Mandela School of Science & Technology in Mvezo started classes for 420 learners in Grade 8, 9 and 10 from the rural Eastern Cape village and surrounding areas. This photo story provides an insight into the first days at school.
From 6 to 10 January, the learners gathered the first time at Mvezo’s first high school for an orientation week. Classes started the week after.
The learners explored the school’s facilities and picked up their books.
In the school hall, they practiced their new school anthem which features the school’s values: Courage, Curiosity, Compassion and Service.
Teaching at the Mandela School of Science & Technology will deliver the national curriculum.
Learners in Grade 9 are able to choose one of four focus areas for their final three years of schooling – science, technology, engineering or agriculture.
“Now youngsters here can have a high school education and remain in a nurturing environment with their families and the community,” said Chief Mandla Mandela. “But they will have to work hard because standards at Mandela School of Science & Technology are high. And the learners know this.”