From the president to doctors, engineers and entry level company clerks the people who build a nation do so because of their education. Teaching is vital for everything and teachers build the future not only by imparting knowledge but also because they teach habits and morals and help students to discover their unique skills. It is therefore key to have the best teachers possible and Tongabezi is committed to bringing better qualified teachers to our communities through the provision of quality housing.
Building on our reputation of putting our money where our mouth is and a superb standing in the teaching community through Tujatane the Tongabezi Trust School we have extended the reach of our involvement through donating 10% of proceeds from Livingstone Island to build houses for Mukuni village teachers.
It is a basic fact that better housing attracts higher qualified teachers and the three bedroom houses that we build are considered excellent teacher accommodation and having the desired effect of making the schools in this area more attractive to teachers. The first house was handed over to Mukuni high school during December of 2010, and to date 13 houses have been built, along with a water tank and pump to supply the village.
In the future we aim to build 2 houses a year and once enough teachers' accommodation has been completed the project will move onto designing and building classrooms.
Everything starts with a teacher... so Tongabezi is starting with the teacher in order to guarantee that the future will hold better parents, great businessmen, wise politicians, eco-friendly engineers, more inspirational teachers and ultimately a kinder world.
"The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life."
- Pat Conroy