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Partnership to improve school infrastructure

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“We have provided the infrastructural needs of these schools to Vermeulens and Build It and collectively we will address the needs”

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education took hands with two local companies as part of a public-private initiative to address infrastructural needs at local schools.

Speaking at the launch of the event yesterday morning, Education MEC Mac Jack said the department was officially partnering with Vermeulens and Build It to address infrastructural needs at Elizabeth Conradie Special School and Mankuroane Primary School.

“We have provided the infrastructural needs of these schools to Vermeulens and Build It and collectively we will address the needs,” Jack said.

He pointed out that the provincial Department of Education had always worked and continued to work with the private sector and education institutions to improve the quality of education in the Province.

“Business engagement in the Northern Cape’s education sector goes back many decades, as the corporate sector has always been at the heart of the country’s economic and political transformation. Education has always been an apex development priority for both the government and the private sector.”

He pointed out that the Province’s economy was dependent on the availability of skilled labour, which was raised through a well-functioning school system.

“This provides a strong ‘business case’ for the private sector to partner with government and provide all kinds of support, interventions and development programmes to improve the quality of education in the Province.

“We hope that more private sector companies will join this initiative and adopt schools to build a better future for our youth through education. It is only through your investment in education that the dreams of our children in the Northern Cape will be realised.”