Greensleeves Children's Trust is a home and school for 55 children who have either been orphaned or come from abusive and vulnerable backgrounds, located in South Africa. The Trust plans to build a self - sufficient classroom powered solely by renewable energy, which will help provide an education for these children, while reducing our impact on the environment.
In the Eastern Cape, children from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom are growing up with no parents and in poverty, have limited access to quality primary education owing to overcrowding and under-resourcing of state schools (UNICEF, Table 7). With 40% of schools having a class size of 40+, these children have little opportunity to set a solid foundation, which limits their ability to succeed at high school and look to a hopeful future. This project will directly benefit our 55 learners.
In response to this problem, our school in East London provides quality primary education to children from all backgrounds, 60% of whom are classified as orphaned or vulnerable. This project will provide our 10 Grade 3+4s with their own classroom where they can receive a quality education that will provide them with the essential foundation that all children require in order to have a hopeful and productive future.
Building a classroom today will not only benefit our 10 current Grade 3+4s, it will also benefit similar numbers of pupils year on year. So in 10 years' time, for example, another 50 disadvantaged Grade 3+4s in East London will have had the opportunity to enjoy good-quality schooling, and improved life chances. The use of solar power ensures we have long-term financial sustainability and with the added benefit of a reduced impact on the environment!