Huntington community is very close to Sabi Sands Game Reserve in Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. This community has a population of approximately 3500 living in 827 households. Despite approx. 680 members of the community being of secondary school age, Huntington did not have its own high school. Students from the village had to walk an average of seven kilometres each day to attend school at Mabarhule High School in neighbouring Lillydale. With the need for a high school, located within Huntington identified by the community, a project committee was formed and in collaboration with the Mpumalanga Department of Education, Africa Foundation began the first stages of establishing a school. Africa Foundation is fundraising for additional classrooms to help increase the capacity of the school and to replace the aging prefab classrooms.
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Today the school has an enrolment of 325 students, 14 teachers and 6 support staff. The infrastructure consists of 14 prefabs – 10 are used as classrooms, 2 as offices, 1 as Storeroom for food and 1 as meeting room and used during class exchange. The headmistress, Gloria is an inspiring individual and role model for the children, demanding high standards from the students in both their academic performance and respect for their environment. The school has been unable to introduce new different subject streams due to the limitation of available rooms and some subjects are extremely overcrowded with a negative impact on the capacity to teach and learn. The prefab classrooms have a limited lifespan, and it is crucial that they are replaced systematically with modern brick and mortar classrooms.
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