The Bishopstowe Education Center

Since the year 2013, Friends of Partnership supports the education center in Bishopstowe, run by the lutheran partnr circuits eThekwini (Durban) and Umngeni in South Africa. Our partners write about the project:

The project
The Education Center of the ev.-luth. circuits eThekwini (Durban) and Umngeni in the South african Province KwaZulu- Natal will offer the opportunity for young people to qualify themselves for the needs of the South African market, beginning in the year 2013. They will get by this center a much better chance for a qualified job or for starting an own business. At the end about 60 young women and men will be able to participate in the education programs every year. The Education Center follows straightly the successful bursary funds of the four partner circuits, which supports pupils since 1992.

The planed fields of education:

  1. gardening inclusive veges and animal farming
  2. catering and party service
  3. social services

The project phases to realize the fields of education
The Education Center will be growing on the ground of a school closed in 2006, about 10 km east of the province’ capital Pietermaritzburg. The class rooms and the two houses are in good basic condition. The ground to use offers a space of about 50.000 m2. In the 1. phase the found class rooms have been put to solid condition and reconstructed to the needs of teaching and housing. Furthermore the whole plot shall be fenced to stay safe. This work was done in good co-operation by young people from Germany and South Africa and two senior volunteers and Money by Diakonia Osnabrück, plus local professionals. The 2. phase includes the construction of houses and the reconstruction of the chapel and the start of the education program. In the 3. phase about 5-10 learners will be taught in practical work. The lessons will be coordinated supported with the KZN-government structures and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.


The project is 100 precent basis-orientated and follows the wishes of the South African partners about project developement and project management.

Donation for the project are welcome:
Bankaccount: Kreissparkasse Melle
IBAN: DE 48 2655 2286 0000 1014 93

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