Historical schools being restored to former glory

The South African Council of Churches and Eastern Cape department of education are working together to restore and resurrect 24 historical schools as centres of excellence.

The initiative will see the schools refurbished as part of the national Historical Schools Revitalisation Project.

Speaking to Saturday Dispatch, the CEO of the Eastern Cape Council of Churches, the Reverend Lulama Ntshingwa, said initially only St Matthews High in Keiskammahoek and Healdtown Comprehensive School in Fort Beaufort were identified for the national project.

“These two schools were recognised nationally because they played a very important role in the liberation of this country by producing great leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Canon [James] Calata.

“However, together with the department, we identified an additional 22 historical schools to restore,” said Ntshingwa.

Some of the other schools to benefit include Clarkebury in Ngcobo, St John’s College in Mthatha and Mt Arthur in Cacadu (Lady Frere).

The Dispatch understands that major refurbishments are already underway or completed at St Matthews, Healdtown and Mt Arthur.

Healdtown will also benefit from an additional R30-million new hostel.

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