About Hlekweni : Samathonga Primary School
With over 300 pupils, this school on Hlekweni grounds has a library, resourceful staff and came 5th in academic performance in a district of 91 primary schools in 2008 (improving on 6th in 2007).
The school receives no text or exercise books from the government, whose allocations for the school would not buy a single text book (donations from the U.S. have enabled the purchase of some textbooks in 2009). There is also need for appropriate library books, sports, arts and crafts equipment.
A feeding scheme currently funded by British Quakers operates at the school, in response to the problem of food shortages. Funding for a new water storage tank (Sept. 2004) from came from the Leggatt Trust (UK). A new toilet block is needed (a toilet block was built at the school in November 2003, funded by Australian Quakers).
New Water Storage Tank - September 2004In 2004 the Leggatt Trust (UK) donated £1900 for the cost of furnishing a secondary class and towards the cost of new guttering and pipes, and a new water storage tank to secure water for the extended vegetable garden.
New Toilet BlockHlekweni trainees completed a new toilet block at the school in November 2003. It was funded by Quaker Service, Australia.