Eight new classrooms for Fezeka Secondary
When EwB first began its association with Fezeka Secondary in 2002, the immediate need was for new and better-equipped facilities. Being the only black high school offering classes in Xhosa, Sotho and Tswana, Fezeka was bursting at the seams with 1,750 students and about 45 per class.
EwB funded the construction of eight new classrooms to replace the portable classrooms at a cost of R1.5 million, or $300,000 Cdn. This project was completed in 2003.
Fezeka Library opened in 2011
Our proudest achievement in 2011 was the opening of Fezeka’s first fully-functioning library. EwB volunteer Angeline Jacquin worked tirelessly with South African NGO Equal Education, the Western Cape Education Department, and Fezeka Senior Secondary School to bring the library to fruition. With over 3,000 books and a computer, the library is a hub for learners and teachers and an enthusiastic cohort of student library monitors (trained by Angeline).
The Fezeka Library has evolved under the leadership of Fezeka Principal Mr. Bobi, and library assistant Charmaine Visagie-Africa. The goal is to transfer the library operation fully to Fezeka.
EwB is indebted to Ted Weber for the original inspiration and to Professor Jennifer Fish from Old Dominion University and her enthusiastic students for their help in refurbishing and re-painting the library premises. Virginia-based ODU has twice visited Fezeka and most recently donated tables and chairs and repaired the ceiling of the library. EwB also secured the donation of 1,700 English dictionaries in 2010 which have since been handed out.