The reputation of the Trust as doing first-rate work in the field of literacy development had spread to a number of other education districts in Gauteng. A request from District D14, Johannesburg Central, to assist schools in their district had been in our in-tray for some months. In 2016 the trustees decided it was time to take the plunge and venture into a new district by accepting the proposal by Lenasia Model Primary.
Lenasia Model Primary was established to serve families from extension one in Lenasia; but as with most middle-class communities after the first democratic elections, parents began shifting to the suburbs and transferring their children to ’model C schools’. The school is thus exclusively occupied by learners from Soweto and other outlying areas.
This library was completed for handover in July 2016 in memory of our late president Nelson Mandela. The handover was attended by Ahmed Kathrada and Issu Chiba, both late comrades of Madiba. Mr. Kathrada kindly donated copies of his books to the school library. Mr. Ahmed Essop, the renowned author, also recently deceased, was also in attendance.
Mr. Enver Surtee, the Deputy Minister of Basic Education in the National Department, was the keynote speaker who recounted his early days studying in Lenasia, and the beacon that Model Primary was, and continues to be, to the community.