Rural schools continue to be the most poorly resourced and most neglected schools in the country. Gross inequalities continue to mirror those of the ‘homeland’ system perpetrated by the apartheid government. Equal Education has been organising in the rural areas of Nquthu in KwaZulu-Natal, in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape and Ga-mashashane and Thohoyandou in the Limpopo province, for a number of years. The movement focuses on addressing the systemic challenges facing rural schools in South Africa (lack of transport, mud schools, the lack of piped water, electricity, and of proper safe sanitation, and a lack of the most basic educational resources such as adequately equipped classrooms, laboratories and libraries) and organises rural communities against an unjust education system that continues to undermine the rights of rural people to equal, quality education.

As part of the closing night of Equal Education’s 10 year anniversary photographic exhibition “Qina Mfundi. Qina!” 10 Years of Struggle for Equal Education, we are hosting a panel discussion on rural education. The panel will consist of rural activists, analysts and academics.

Amanda Rinquest (Co-head, Equal Education Eastern Cape Office)
Katiso Mosioua (a teacher from Chief Henry Bokleni Secondary School, Eastern Cape)
Demichelle Petherbridge (Attorney, Equal Education Law Centre)
Lisa Draga (University of the Western Cape)