Two Cape Town schools  have cracked  the Top Ten list for Best School in The World. West End Primary School in Mitchells Plain and Pinelands North Primary School have both been nominated in the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity.

This is an intiative by T4 Education in partnership with Templeton World Charity Foundation, Accenture and American Express.

The schools have cracked the Top Ten list and if they win the category, they will receive $50 000 in prize money.

According to it’s website: “The World’s Best School Prizes identify, recognise, and celebrate schools’ leading and innovative practices that have had a real impact on the lives of their students and of their community.”

West End Primary is situated in Lentegeur Mitchells Plain and has nearly 2000 learners in attendance. Premier Alan Winde praised the teachers, pupils and the community as he noted that for the past decade there has not been a break-in or burglary at the school.

If West End Primary were to win the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity, it would use the money to improve and expand initiatives they already have in place as well as implement and initiate new projects. They would also use the prize funds and donations to invest in improving the athletics track, purchasing arts and craft equipment, investing in a sound system for the school hall and improving resources for teaching and learning. The school has also been identified as a pilot school in the community that will introduce Coding and Robotics to the learners who will be able to be skilled for the 4th industrial revolution. World’s Best School Prize website

Pinelands North Primary School has nearly 500 pupils and is “recognised as one of the country’s leading institutions when it comes to fostering inclusivity in education.”

If Pinelands North were to win the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity it would use the funds to expand its online school and buy a property close to the school’s premises so it can create a hybrid programme. This would allow an additional 100 students from across all communities to have a vibrant school experience, participating in sporting activities and other extra curriculars. World’s Best School Prize website

The schools will be wittled down to a Top 3 and the winners will be confirmed in October 2022.

The new Western Cape MECs, who were appointed to their posts about two weeks ago, have officially taken their place in their new offices this week.

Premier Alan Winde recently made the new appointments following the resignation of Debbie Schafer as Education MEC, and the dismissal of Albert Fritz who served as MEC for Community Safety.

The new MEC for Education, David Maynier, says he will launch his Listening and Learning Program this week to liaise with role players across the province to see how education in the Western Cape can be further improved.

Maynier replaces Debbie Schafer and says good communication is the key to helping the province’s education sector grow even further.

The newly appointed provincial MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mirelle Wenger says she will make job creation in the Western Cape her top priority.

Wenger says she will follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, David Maynier.

She says Maynier left her with a strong foundation and clear strategy for her department.

Reagen Allen has been appointed as the new MEC for Police Oversight and Community Safety, Tertius Simmers as the MEC for Infrastructure, and Daylin Mitchell as the MEC for Mobility.

Watch Premier Alan Winde’s full announcement here.

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