On my last day at Queenstown Girls High School we sang the School Hymn with the following lyrics:
Youth walked in at the big school door and life was there to greet her,
with eager eyes she scanned the child and spread our gifts to greet her,
laughter and friendship work and play,
Choices and chances all the way and the scarlet aloe, standing in the sun…
The last verse of the song ends…
Youth walked out of the big school door and tears began to blind her
but life beckoned on with a smiling face as she called to her friends behind her
yes I remember never fear who could forget a school so dear and the scarlet aloe standing in the sun.
Eleven years ago I walked out of the big school doors. Part of my life and values were shaped by the experiences and exposure I had in a little town called Queenstown nestled in one of the poorest province in South Africa and even more so from the school I attended from grade one to twelve. Despite how poor our province is, Queenstown Girls’ High School is ranked in the top 100 schools in South Africa. South Africa has 26, 000 schools. I am proud of the school I attended, the values and the traditions it instilled in me. Without the solid educational and social foundation of good values and moral teachings I received I’m not sure what I’d be doing with my life.
South Africa, like many other African countries is facing an education crisis, it’s clear we can no longer leave our education system solely in the hands of Government. 80% of the 26, 000 schools in South Africa are under performing . Our private sector, individuals and institutions all need to contribute in helping to shape the next generation of leaders and citizens. If you’re an old girl or boy of these schools and have the influence or means to help I urge you to do so. If you can’t provide monetary help, please help by sharing this documentary.
Our world is large and filled with people with the resources to ensure that schools like Queenstown Girls’ High School and Queens College remain centres of excellence. If you know anyone who can help or would be interested in assisting please share the video link and pass on this documentary.
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