Developing South Africa’s Children through Partnerships
The Legacy Project is an engagement initiated by The Drakensberg Boys Choir School and includes a partnership with the Champagne Valley Trust and a number of KwaZulu Natal Department of Education schools in our vicinity.
The vision of this project is to improve the quality of education in our community through the teaching of choral music. A second component of ‘developing’ schools is to focus on the young children within them. Cultivating excellence in students’ English, Mathematics and Science is key to the future of positive careers for children, creating the skills necessary for the ultimate success of South Africa.
The mission of this project is to create effective, inspirational leaders through music with impactful and constructive programmes for the benefit of the teachers and youth of KZN to ensure whole school improvement. Partnerships are a necessary part of this initiative.
Work on The Legacy Project began in earnest in 2015 when five schools were identified by the DoE KZN and who accepted participation with enthusiasm. These schools form the core of the project in these initial stages. In time, it is envisaged to have 31 schools committed and involved, and then to duplicate this throughout Northern Drakensberg and beyond.
In 2016, community representatives partnered with each school to conduct baseline assessments in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses in each school, as well as to highlight possible areas of need. The staff and pupils of our school have immersed themselves in a plan to share expertise and time with our colleagues and peers from our partner schools: Celimfundo, Nkosi Mjwayeli, Sifisosethu, Emadolobheni and Meadowsweet.