- Prize Category: Overcoming Adversity
- Format: Lecture
- Country: South Africa
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Filipino, Malay, Serbian and Hindi.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Overcoming Adversity category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
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About the school
West End Primary in Mitchells Plain, South Africa, is situated in the heart of the Cape Flats in the Western Cape. This area is renowned for the challenging circumstances of the community due to poverty, unemployment, gangsterism and substance abuse.
Having opened its doors in 1981, West End Primary has taught students of colour throughout its history and has felt the weight of the country’s struggle against the legacy of Apartheid. One of the school’s teachers at that time was arrested and incarcerated on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. Most of its students come from families that were directly impacted by the policies imposed during Apartheid and to this day the legacy of Apartheid has continued to affect the community that the school is serving.”
The school has initiated the “Box of Hope” project, by having parents, staff and community members donating much needed items to impoverished learners and families. This was done to support the learners by making sure they were taken care of not only at school, but by having a meal when they go home as well. Teachers also bought clothes, toys, toiletries and money for learners to go on educational excursions.
The range of initiatives the school launched has sought to challenge students to dream beyond their individual circumstance and become passionate in their endeavours. The staff noted they could do this through the power of extra-curricular and extra mural activities. The past years, the school has produced a number of learners who have excelled in sport (receiving provincial and national colours) and academic achievements, become published authors and gained leadership skills. Over time, the bonds created helped improve learners’ attitudes towards themselves and their studies, allowing them to build their self-confidence.
Join us for an enlightening session showcasing the importance of a positive self-image in learning.
Moderator: Sinovuyo Klaas
Sinovuyo Klaas is a grade 6 educator at Westend Primary. She’s part of the English department and has been part of the educational sector for 8 years. Her passion lies in helping the learners reach their full academic potential. She does this by taking part in various competitions such as Growsmart and the Girls club.
Speaker 1: Clive Arries
Speaker 2: Tamsyn De Klerk
Tamsyn De Klerk is a grade 4 teacher at the school and passionate about woman empowerment.
Speaker 3: Rozalia Dawn Davadoss
Rozalia is a Grade 2 teacher at West End Primary and has been part of the team for 11 years. Besides teaching she is passionate about helping the needy and giving hope to the hopeless. She is vibrant and has a heart for the community.