Guests, trustees, staff and friends gathered on 28th September to celebrate the Enlighten EducationTrust’s 10th Anniversary.
Part of the celebration was the opening of the new Alex Bury Library.
Admiring the new Alex Bury Library which was opened at the Enlighten Education Trust’s 10th anniversary function on 28th September, are (from left) acting mayor Alderman Pieter Scholtz, Lois Kleyn, Ghani Kuiper, Colin Hall, Elvia Bury, Malcolm Bury, Callinah Mpemba, Adrian Kuiper, Henri Kuiper, Jan Kuiper and Councillor Mzameni Mshenxiswa.
Magriet Peter the Trust Manager (middle) with Loel and Nico Ferreira
who were instrumental in building what Enlighten is today.
Siyakha Pre-school learners entertained with singing and dancing.
Tribute was given to Henri Kuiper, the founder and life president of the Enlighten Education Trust. Kuiper said he was horrified when he saw how dire the education problems were in schools in the Overstrand. He related how he saw one pencil being cut into three pieces so that three small children could each have something to write with.
Kuiper set about transforming education and life in the schools and communities of the Overstrand. He accomplished this with the help of his board of trustees, generous donors, and committed staff members.
Kuiper said his dream of making a difference has been sustained by remarkable people. “Of everything I have done, nothing has given me as much pleasure, joy and happiness as Enlighten has,” said Kuiper.
Guests of honour also included Lois Kleyn, trust manager of Enlighten from 2003 to 2010,
Graeme Bloch, visiting adjunct professor at Wits Public and Development Management School, education policy analyst and author of The Toxic Mix, and Brian Schreuder, deputy head of curriculum management in the Western Cape Department of Education.
Bloch said: “Well done Enlighten; share the model and keep going.”
Schreuder acknowledged the significant contribution made by Enlighten. He said by focusing on literacy and numeracy as well as enrichment programmes such as music and art, Enlighten was “educating the whole person”.
Schreuder said: “I would like to take Enlighten’s spirit, drive and passion and replicate it in every school in this country.”
The deputy mayor, Alderman Pieter Scholtz then officially opened the new Alex Bury Library situated in a brand-new building at the Enlighten Education Centre.
Nonopha Gama enjoying the after party. Nonopha was top Matric learner at Qhayiyha Secondary School in 2011.