When the news of the damaged roof was announced we received a very generous and rapid response. This enabled us to send out funds to replace the missing roofing sheets and repair the damage. As a result the students were able to continue with their studies and take their grade 8 and grade 9 examinations.
The results of the grade 8 examinations have been received and 12 of the 19 students passed. (3 were unable to sit) This is a good achievement and continues to show great progress. Undoubtedly the additional funding that has been received during the year has improved the chances for the children at the school. It has to be remembered that the students from the school come from very difficult backgrounds – most of them have been orphaned and some are also HIV+, and not always in the best of health. Without PIZZ school these children would have little chance of any formal education.
The school is eagerly awaiting the results of the grade 9 examinations. Last year two students moved on to local secondary schools and continue to receive funding through PIZZ school. The success of the school will inevitably lead to more students ready to move to secondary school, though continuing funding could be a problem.
It is hoped to bring a new classroom into use this year to allow students to retake a year. These students are those who through illness or other problems, didn't achieve high enough marks to pass their exams this year, but still have the potential if given another chance.
If you are able to help us to continue helping all these lovely but very seriously disadvantaged children, your donation will be most gratefully received!