On Friday 19th September the new Enlighten Education Trust Centre in Hermanus was officially opened by Crain Soudien a Professor in Education and formerly the Director of the School of Education at the University of Cape Town. He is President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies and currently the Chair of a Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education.
Crain’s keynote address highlighted the huge literacy problems facing South Africa.
The opening was attended by over 200 members of the community and visiting dignitaries from the education fraternity.
The Overstrand Junior Town Council and Lois Kleyn welcomed the guests on arrival.
Morris Tshabalala principal of Lukhanyo Primay School opened with a prayer.
Henri Kuiper Chairman of Enlighten formally welcomed the guests.
Ken Trueman thanked the Building Contributors. Thanks also to Allan Powell who directed the programme.
Entertainment was arranged by the Enlighten music facilitators, Betsie Ryke, Annamarie Kotze and Joanie Enslin. The Marimbas and Steelpans performed as did the choirs from Hawston Primary and Die Bron Primary Schools.
To celebrate the building of the centre, the Sunshine Foundation also sponsored art competitions not only as a means of making the new centre look good, but as a means of involving the community and increasing awareness of Enlighten’s work.
The winners of the youth art competition to design Mosaic Murals for the centre’s peripheral walls were announced at the opening by Stefan Hundt the curator of the Sanlam Art Collection. Stefan who had been aided by fellow judges Stephen Welz (well known Auctioneer) and Tyrone Appolis (South African artist), handed over a first prize of R40,000 to Sandi Mdekazi. Three merit awards of R7,000 each were awarded to Sonnet Flynn, Monique Campher and Nicolene Dorfling. All entrants work will be on display in the centre’s hall until after the Hermanus Whale festival.