Education in South Africa is not producing the desired results, largely due to poor infrastructure and insufficient resource allocation to schools. 50% of schools in South Africa are rated “very poor” and many educators work in classrooms marked by poverty, social problems and overcrowding. Learners in Poor Townships, such as Rosedale, are at an increased disadvantage and continue to perform worse than more urban Townships. Learners often have to make long and strenuous journeys to get to school and drop-out rates are high.
Many South African children face considerable barriers to learning: poverty, poor facilities, and overcrowded classes, a lack of facilities and resources, illness and family problems. Many of their parents struggling with illiteracy and poverty, the learning environment at home and in the community is less than ideal. If we don’t improve community access to a decent education in South Africa, the next generation faces a very uncertain future.
With this situation at hand, WAMY in conjunction with Escourt Islamic Centre entered into a partnership and established a school in 2002 -2003. WAMY provided support in its initial beginning in 2003 until 2005 when we jointly agreed to register the School with the Department of Education as an Independent Islamic School offering tuition from grades 0 to 12. (Registration EMIS Number 418174)
Rosedale Islamic combined School aims to promote moral and academic excellence in a caring and secure Islamic environment, providing opportunities for the realization of our children's fullest potential.
We currently have 140 learners from grades R to 7. We offer boarding facilities for 75 boys from the poor communities.
The school also provides skills and serves an Adult Basic Education and Training centre.