Private junior academy to be built in Vosloorus

An artist's impression of Ayanda Junior Academy. Construction is set to begin on May 8 and the school is expected to start operation in 2018.

Speaking to Kathorus MAIL on Wednesday, May 3, she revealed her plan for the community of Kathorus.

She talked about the construction of Ayanda Junior Academy, the first private school in Vosloorus, which is going to offer a high level of education to the township’s children.

She said the whole community of Kathorus – including, Spruitview, Leondale, Thokoza, Spruit, Palm Ridge, Phumula Gardens and Vosloorus – will benefit from the academy.

She also told the people’s favourite paper what motivated her to start the academy.

“It started with Ayanda Pre-School in 1988. I wanted the best pre-school for my son, Lunga Tyobo. I had difficulties finding a suitable school for him.

“At the same time I was still studying business management. Most of my neighbours wanted me to look after their children for them. Because I was unemployed, they wanted to pay me R10 per child per day. But as a mother myself, I looked after the children with no expectation of payment from my neighbours,” said Tyobo.

She said the idea for establishing Ayanda Pre-School came about when she combined her mind for business with her love for children.

“I took in my neighbour’s children. My son Lunga also enrolled at the pre-school that year. I ran the pre-school from my garage. I offered the best that other crèches failed to provide,” Tyobo said.

Her next venture, Ayanda Junior Academy, will start operating in 2018.

“In a principals’ meeting I once attended, former minister of education Naledi Pandor criticised principals for failing to offer quality education in the townships. Pandor said principals don’t do their best in their respective schools. Her speech touched my heart. As a result, I went to the library to find out more about the best schools in the world. I will be applying this information to Ayanda Junior Academy,” said Tyobo.

“I wanted to make sure that children get the best education on their doorstep, without paying a lot in school fees and expensive transport. Ayanda Junior Academy came to my mind. We have been raising funds to build the school. The construction of the school will start from Monday, May 8,” said Tyobo.

She said parents get top-quality service from Ayanda Pre School and can expect even more from Ayanda Junior Academy.

“The school will start off by offering Grade One to Grade Three classes. Each and every year we will extend the school by one more grade, up to Grade Seven,” said Tyobo.

She said the school has already been registered with the Department of Education.

Boipelo Madumo, the head of the Ayanda Pre School Mini Cricket programme, spoke highly of Tyobo.

“She treats people with respect. She has respect for the community. You can see that by the way she treats the children of the community who attend school here,” said Madumo.

Nomsa Moloi, a teacher at the pre-school, said Tyobo is a good role model.

“I grew up staying at her house that she used as the pre-school. I learnt a lot from her, including the way she cooks. She is talented in almost everything,” said Moloi.

She said as a girl when she grew up she wanted to be like Tyobo.

Phindile Sishange, the principal of Ayanda Pre School, said education is Tyobo’s passion.

“She has a good vision that is supported by all of us. Children from Eastfield and the surrounding areas will have access to world- class education without having to travel to schools in the suburbs,” said Sishange.

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