About the school

Thembelihle Primary School is an independent school that provides quality education to young children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the village of Howick in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The school is a non profit organisation and caters for almost 300 children in grades RRR through to grade 7.

Most of the children come from informal settlements in Howick such as Shiyabazali. The people from these communities are largely unemployed and have moved from more rural areas in search of employment. Their living conditions are basic…. there is no running water, electricity or sewage. Many of the children are orphans whose parents are victims of AIDS and they now live with aged grandparents who survive on a small old age pension.

Where our children come from

History of the school

The pre-primary school was first established in 1993 in the Howick Methodist Church Hall and catered for 17 learners from poorly resourced communities in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The pre-primary school gradually grew between 1993 and 2008 when a further building was bought by Brentwood United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee to adequately house the preschool children and in the hopes of starting a primary school. In late 2010 the decision was taken to accommodate 120 learners of the Merit Christian School who were without any resources for the following year. At that time the 120 children were housed in an open shed with only one qualified teacher and were in desperate need of assistance. After the construction of a further three classrooms at 90 Main Street, Howick, the Thembelihle Primary School opened in January 2011. In 2012 funds were raised to build one more classroom and a library/media centre. These facilities now enable the primary school to educate children from grades 1 – 7.

Some pictures of progress at the school

More progress at the school