“Education is a great liberator. It uplifts societies and individuals, and is the best social leveller.” – Dr. Jerry Gule, Chairman of The Love Trust and ambassador for transformation in South Africa.
The primary goal of the Love Trust is to provide quality, Christian education to vulnerable children. It is with this goal in mind that the Love Trust initially began Nokuphila School on a respectable but small premises in 2010, and it is with thanks to the greatness of our Lord, and through the dedication and determination of our sponsors and members in pursuing this goal, that we were able to host the grand opening ceremony of our new Nokuphila School on 28th July 2016.
The new Nokuphila School was modelled after Christ Church Preparatory School and College (CCPS) in Midrand, an independent school which provides high quality education. The combined expertise of Nokuphila and CCPS educators and facilitators created a model for development, focusing on the provision of world-class, Christian values based education to the most vulnerable children of Tembisa.
Nokuphila School comprises all the facilities of a fully functioning private school, including classrooms, a media centre, proper ablutions, a kitchen, a staffroom and a hall which is used for meals and assemblies. On top of this – and much to the delight of the children – the school also boasts grassy play and sports areas as well as multi-purpose courts for tennis, netball and basketball.
A green-roofed beacon of enlightenment, the school stands proudly as one of – if not the – best township school in the country. This is a place where learning and engagement is encouraged and eagerly absorbed. This is a place where vulnerable children can doff their vulnerabilities and just be children, while receiving an education which, we fervently hope, will help them to grow into the future leaders of South Africa.
The school also plays host to several exciting initiatives, such as the Link Literacy Project, a Non-Profit Organisation which supports the development of literacy and numeracy in children for whom English is a second language, and who attend low income schools in Johannesburg.
The school forms the perfect backdrop for initiatives such as the Link Literacy Project, which provide supplementary education for any children who have difficulty with reading and writing. As education is the ultimate goal, ensuring that the children get the best value out of their education means equipping them with the best tools in order to do so.
We – and the children – are immensely proud of our new Nokuphila School and thankful to everyone who has been involved in getting us to this point. We couldn’t have done it without you.
– The Love Trust Team