The Imana Wild Ride race organisers are excited to announce that the third and final phase of Bulungula College is to be completed in the forthcoming June-July school holidays. The first two phases, comprising two three-block classroom units, were officially opened in October 2017.
The Bulungula Incubator program is overwhelmed by the generous support of the Wild Ride Education Company (WREC) and Imana Foods for our Bulungula College project. As there is no High school at all in the area, 95% of learners drop out by Grade 9. The Bulungula Incubator is trying to fill this gap through the establishment of the Bulungula College, a High School offering education from grade 10 – 12.
Having exhausted fund-raising resources in order to build two of the three phases of Bulungula College in 2017, there was no plan to proceed with any major project in 2018. However, with grateful thanks to a few key donors and continued contributions from the participants of the Imana Wild Ride, recent Ride Wild Tours, Imana Foods and interest gained from investing entry fee monies received nearly a year ahead of this years’ event, the organiser’s have been able to pull enough funding together to finance the third phase and complete Bulungula College.
Rejane Woodroffe, director of the Bulungula Incubator programme, commented as follows “I am so overwhelmed! You guys are just amazing! The team will be thrilled to have all the classrooms they need, a wonderful energiser for all the hard work going on here. With the support we have been given by Imana and WREC, we will have much more than the basics needed for this project. We will have the infrastructure necessary for the delivery of nothing less than excellent and quality education in the one of the most remote and still the poorest municipality in South Africa.”
Woodroffe also commented; ‘The Bulungula College is going very well so far, we have had ongoing weekend and holiday classes and have added afternoon classes too. The focus has been on Mathematics and English and we have also had Natural Science and Xhosa classes during the holidays. This is to strengthen the ability of the learners to obtain a good pass at the end of their Grade 9 year to enter in to Grade 10 at the College in 2019. We have also been able to add extras like a nutrition programme through which the learners receive two hot meals (breakfast and lunch) when they attend Saturday and holiday classes and we are receiving ongoing donations of sanitary towels for female learners from a long-term funder.’
The building will again be done by Elangeni Buildings, who built the first two phases last year. The classrooms are built from pre-cast material which allows construction to happen in an amazingly short space of time. The buildings are built to spec and completed with a tiled roof, aluminium window frames, ceilings, gutters, meranti hardwood doors and veranda trim. Work will commence towards the end of June and is expected to be completed within a month.