A college for South Africa
Gorgeous sandy beaches, breathtaking national parks and world famous wine-growing regions – the country at the southern tip of Africa is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. However, a high crime rate, extreme economic disparity and unequal opportunities in education represent the flip side of South Africa's coin. Since the fall of Apartheid, considerable progress has been made in education – not least thanks to the ambitious work of several NGOs. But in the townships, the lack of materials for schools and education is as great as ever.
A committed project for socially sustainable development
In 2006, students from the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, Germany launched the project "Building for Africa" and began planning teaching and workshop buildings for the Ithuba Skills College. The college is in a township 40 kilometres south-east of Johannesburg. The two buildings are now ready to be constructed by a project team from Dessau working together with students of the Ithuba Skills College between July and September 2009. This will give students an education centre where they can receive tuition in both "classical" subjects such as English, Maths and the sciences, as well as in practical skills such as bricklaying, carpentry and electrical fitting. Gondrand is helping the "Building for Africa" project by providing both the transport and customs clearance for the necessary tools and materials free of charge. In so doing, we are offering support for socially sustainable development where it really matters.