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New classroom - new skills and new friends

Bathabile School has been bursting out of its seams this year, and classrooms are just not adequate.

The work went out, and the surrounding community - the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy and the Laezonia/Doonrnrandje Blockwatch - has responded to the need.

The building of a classroom has opened the way for skills transfer, networking and "feel good" assistance.

Niko Knigge write about the first day building a rammed earth classroom:

"Colleagues, there will not be a daily progress report on the Bathablile classroom but the first working day was just too exciting not to give some feedback.
Thanks to Francis Gomes’ donation of a truck and front-end loader +/- 17m3 soil is on site. Nick Dale made the moulds, Tina brought the straw.
The school workers removed the fence while older children assisted in clearing the site in the morning. Younger children joined in the afternoon to move the remaining smaller debris on the building site. Many hands made light work!
Tina, Solly (the headmaster) & I strategised on labour. Martha wrote a letter to parents and we are not expecting 10 – 20 parents as from Thursday. Wednesday the school workers and I will hone our brick making skills and Thursday we train the parents.
Francis promised us the machines to dig the trenches once we are ready. We also have the offer of a brick making machine, a complete set of roof trusses, more doors an window frames and steel frame in which we can build an entire school room!
Much of this stuff we will not need for this project, but it is very heartening to meet someone who offers so generously."


Building starts at Bathabile