Far North Secondary School serves the Zandspruit Informal Settlement community though it is in Cosmo City. The school is located in Ward 100 since its establishment in 2014.
The school is Quantile 1 with a feeding scheme. It has 4 Grade 8 classes, 4 Grade 9 classes, 5 Grade 10 and 3 Grade 11 classes and in 2016 they grew into Grade 12. When the school was established, there were 713 learners with 45- 50 learners per class and 16 classrooms in total. The school has no school library, hall and playing fields for the learners.
Learners travel by buses from Zandspruit Informal Settlement to come to school everyday, a 10 minute drive. Learners’ ages range between 13 and 19 years.
Schools and families are now being forced to relook at options for teaching and learning. I hope the current circumstances force a longer-term transformational shift in the way we educate our youth.
Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity.
Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.