The School opened in January 1998, with 75 learners (Grade R-3) with a staff complement of 4 in premises rented from St. Oswalds Secondary School. In 1999, the School moved into the newly built campus, the first phase of the new building with 6 classrooms. The School was officially opened by Mr Indulal Shah, the former International Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation in April 1999, with Dr. Art Ong Jumsai, Director of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education of Thailand, and Mr Victor Kanu, Director of The African Institute of Sathya Sai Education in attendance. The administration block and additional classrooms were thereafter completed in 2000. The School is currently functioning as a specialized Foundation Phase School.
Many of the learners come from the informal settlement that lies on the periphery of the school. Many are child headed, single parent and no income or SASSA households. There are many testimonies from parents and teachers about how the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba has touched and influenced their lives in positive ways. Educators have also witnessed this transformation in learners who have attended the School since its inception.
We endeavour to be inclusive – we embrace all religions and cultures – our activities at school reflect the cross cultural and multi-religious diversity of South Africa. We have made great strides in ensuring its sustainability. With donor funding, we have many projects in the pipeline, including the School to grow as a fully fledged primary School. Also to improve the general ambience of our School.
We have initiated community driven projects that will enhance our learners understanding of humanity and in so doing we hope to produce men/women who will lead exemplary lives and become pillars in society. We trust in Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s guiding principles that are the cornerstones on which daily tasks and lessons are based. The School is funded by nominal parent contributions, donations from well-wishers, parent contributions, donations by devotees and a small subsidy from the Department of Education.