Today my music partner Erika Strydom and I visited Albert Street School in central Johannesburg. We were there to perform our children’s show “Stories from the Alphabet Tree”, based on our CD “The African Alphabet”
The school is housed in a dilapidated old Methodist church building and the headmaster told me they have around 500 students. Most of the kids are Zimbabwean refugees, many are here without parents.
Three classes are taught at the same time in the gallery of the church. This means that the teachers have to shout to be heard.
The place is old,overcrowded, yet spotlessly clean.
The teachers all work here on a voluntary basis. Most are highly educated Zimbabwean refugees themselves.
Food is supplied by the Salvation army.
Most of the kids live in the Methodist church around the corner, along with over 2000 adults
They have been largely ignored by the South African government.
The kids are delightful, beautiful, inquisitive, intelligent, loving…
They deserve better than this.