We provide three types of laboratories to schools, with the collaboration and help of our donor partners.
Fig 2: Prefab Classroom
Kusile Labs & Technology Foundation constructs green technology classrooms using prefabricated material to save time and costs, with less materials used for optimal results. Where the classroom does not exist to house the mobile lab, Kusile Labs & Technology, using green building technology has developed and designed a classroom that enables the company to construct a normal classroom within two months out of prefabricated material and install the science labs in the constructed classrooms.
We built a green technology classroom at Izotsha Primary School and installed a fully equipped science laboratory in 2020. The picture in Fig 1 above shows the classroom that we built at Izotsha Primary School in Port Shepstone, while Figure 2 depicts the science lab installation we did in the same building.
Figure 2: A science lab in a prefabricated classroom
Some schools use this innovation to add classrooms to accommodate more learners, or to make space for a library. The cost savings for green technology prefabricated classrooms are much lower compared to conventional brick ‘n mortar classrooms. The advantages of prefabricated classrooms are time saving (within two months to construct), financial savings, a durable SABS approved building with a lifelong guarantee, building work that complies with SANS 10400 and National Building Regulations SANS 10400-2011.
Once the building is completed, Kusile Labs & Technology installs a fully equipped science lab in the building to enable teachers and learners to access experiential teaching and learning as seen in Figure 11. Where the classroom exists, the school can either opt for a mobile unit or a conventional lab such as shown in the picture above.
Prefabricated buildings are the units prefabricated in the factory, shipped in a disassembled manner and assembled onsite. Prefabricated wall panels are delivered to a school, and after the foundation is completed, ready-made wall panels are erected into walls and the roof assembled and installed, thus delivering a classroom in within two months.
The building of a classroom is based on the needs analysis for the beneficiary school and the availability of funds. The three main classrooms that the foundation has built in the past projects are for: a), The Science Lab, b), The Computer Lab and c), The Library Lab.
Kusile Labs & Technology Foundation provides rural and township schools with computer
labs to assist the implementation of STEM education. These schools fall in a bracket of
schools that would otherwise not have access to any form of technology due to their
historical funding models that were disproportionate.
Computer labs are an essential part of learning resources in the 21st Century and the 4th
Industrial Revolution that are characterised by rapid technological advancement. STEM
education is a crucial tool that prepares students for a future in this tach-savvy
environment, without which, many rural and township students are permanently excluded
from actively participating in economy. The triple effect of exclusion is economic
deprivation and poverty that is widely observed in rural communities.
The intervention that KLTF is making in this space is due to the huge divide that exists
between the rural schools’ STEM education and their counterparts in urban areas.
The foundation has two approaches it takes to implementing STEM education in rural
communities, it uses the existing classroom to intall computer labs or, where the
classroom does not exist, the foundation uses lifelong guaranteed prefabricated material
to construct a classroom with two months and install the labs. Another option would be to
use a 12-foot container and convert it into a lab.
The foundation welcomes donations for any amount that can help one school get a
computer or science lab or a library.
“Now you have a reason to put your CSI funds for education in use to help build STEM
education in rural communities”
Fencing is an important security feature of any school; it blocks intruders and other unwanted visitors from entering the site, helps keep staff and students safe on site and is one of the first things prospective students and parents see when visiting the school. When specifying fencing for schools, it is worth considering not only how secure a school’s fencing is, but also the impression it makes.
The first step in specifying fencing for schools is to carry out a risk assessment, considering performance, maintenance and, most importantly, student safety. In its risk assessment, KLTF views the school from a potential intruder’s perspective to identify weaknesses.
Other things that KLTF considers include ensuring gates match the fence to guarantee consistency of perimeter security as well as a more pleasing appearance. Ideally, a school should have different entrance points for vehicles and pedestrians with one main entrance and exit for each ensuring safety for anyone entering the site.
When specifying fencing for schools, KLTF always recommends the most suitable options available. Vertical bar fencing, for example, offers greater strength than palisade fencing, but a more pressing concern could be, for example, minimising noise. However, palisade fencing is difficult to climb due the sharp spikes on top. Concrete precast walling is the most cost-effective walling option. It is also stronger because precast is manufactured on-site at the factory, all of the challenges that could beset the process are strictly controlled and when it is installed, all weaknesses have been eliminated. The foundation therefore guarantees quality for fencing products and installations.
To ensure the long-lasting security and durability of their fencing, schools must perform regular maintenance such as making sure that trees near the fencing don’t allow for easy trespassing, checking hardware integrity and testing the functionality and security of gates. Considering maintenance requirements when specifying fencing for schools, as well as using quality, robust materials from the outset, can help minimise the need for ad hoc repairs in the long term.