#10 The case for clay brick schools

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A school should be the embodiment of stability, permanence and strength. It should protect children from the dangers of the world at large, while providing an environment that supports teaching and learning. Clay Brick has always been the construction material of choice for schools because of properties inherent in its nature.

We are all well aware of the responsibilities of scholars, teachers and parents in the education process. But a huge responsibility also lies with government to provide infrastructure conducive to learning. Education infrastructure is the government’s investment in South Africa’s future.

A well-built school is much more than a shelter from the weather.  For many older South Africans, their school is a family legacy; children proudly attend the same school as their parents and grandparents.

It isn’t just the lessons they are taught that stay with them to adulthood, but the school’s values and ideals.  Pride and self-respect ensure that pupils study hard, practice and do their best in school activities, as well as take care of school property. Their successes encourage parents and the community to support school events and fundraising, enabling the school body to further improve on education.

A school should be the embodiment of stability, permanence and strength. It should protect children from the dangers of the world at large, while providing an environment that supports teaching and learning.

Many of South Africa’s eminent schools were built between 1900 and 1930… of clay brick. These schools still stand proudly today as a legacy, and are as strong and beautiful as the day they were built.

Clay Brick was the construction material of choice then - as it is today - because of properties inherent in its nature.

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