R600 Doornspruit, Boerdery, Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Schietsdrift School ‘Education is Key’

Physical Education is a crucial part of any child’s development but especially for the Zulu students at Schietsdrift School. Although many are active through walking distances, playing football socially  and working at home, they lack spacial awareness and coordination. Structured physical activity through, what we would call, PE does not feature significantly on the curriculum.  This is one reason why the contribution of volunteer groups, such as Leeds Beckett University ,who bring out simple and low cost equipment as well as more expensive items, is so important. Leeds Beckett has a long history of using their volunteering time at Schietsdrift to lead PE lessons and organise sports days for the school. Similarly the equipment such as climbing frames and trampolines donated by Arden have also given opportunities for the students to be active and develop their bodies through play.

However, in the summer or winter the temperatures are either too hot or too cold for the staff to be able to run structured PE safely and enjoyably outdoors. Miss Welcome needs an indoor sports area for her students if she is to be able to develop this missing ingredient in her students’ education and development.

We need your help to make this happen!

Wellfield School, in collaboration with Leeds Beckett Univerity students, Arden Sixth Form and the charitable trust that supports Schietsdrift are now raising funds to build an indoor sports are for Miss Welcome and her staff to use. It  would be a simple structure in keeping with the style of the school and is estimated to cost around ZAR350,000 or around £20,000 to construct. Miss Welcome would also be able to rent out the facility to the community which would help the school on its way to being financially self sufficient.

To be successful, we need the financial help and support of a much wider community than our three educational establishments have at our immediate disposal.

We already have enlisted the support of someone, now officially retired, with significant and extensive experience in the construction industry  including in Africa, who will help draw up plans, coordinate a work force and potentially lead the project on site if we can raise the money needed. PLEASE help us raise the money by following the link to the Go Fund Me page and donating whatever you can. In the UK, a single breeze block would cost in the region of £1.50. If everyone sponsored the cost of just one brick, we could reach our target in TWO YEARS.

Buy a Brick for Sports Campaign - £1.50 per brick or 3 for £5.00

Click here to find out how you can donate or click the gofundme link at the top of any page.

We desperately need an indoor sports area.

Please help us!