It was hard not to despair for the children in this part of rural South Africa when I saw the conditions under which they must try to learn and teachers must try to teach. Last Tuesday’s visit to Zamukwazi Primary School had me think back to my own privileged elementary schools days. Imagine the backless chairs, broken desks, moldy books and torn and tattered posters and handouts that we deemed appropriate only for the trash bin; now imagine that they were in better condition than many of the best resources some children have at their disposal.
My time at this primary school was organized by neighbor and friend, Ruth Credo, who is the Secretary and Treasurer of Kamberg Valley Rural Community Upliftment (Kamvarcu), the social responsibility arm of the Kamberg Valley Association (the community in which our farm is located in South Africa). (more…)