In response to the crisis in black education during the apartheid years, in 1989 Mrs Susan Germond, wife of the then rector of St. Martin’s, and the late Mrs Joy Chilvers, a fellow teacher, founded a new church based educational project named:
Many township schools for the most part were under-resourced and dysfunctional. The only ‘open’ schools during this time were independent schools, yet their doors often remained closed to the child with few English skills.
Vuleka began as a project 25 years ago and was designed to put previously disadvantaged children into a more efficient branch of the education system. It was designed to overcome the difficulties children face when the medium of instruction is not the mother tongue. In 1989 Vuleka opened the door to 59 children in 4 classes. At the end of that year, 21 children were placed in independent schools.
From this time Vuleka continued to grow from strength to strength into an organised and highly regarded Primary School ranging from Pre-Primary to Grade 7. In 2013, Vuleka integrated with SSB High school, so today we offer a strong educational foundation in a secure and supportive environment from pre-primary all the way through to Matric.
We pay tribute to Joy Chilvers for the dedication and inspiration (Nov 2 1937 – 13 Nov 2013)
We achieve high standards through visionary leadership, trained and dedicated staff and teachers who love to teach. Vuleka works in partnership with many churches, parents/care-givers, donors big and small, other independent schools, various non-profit or non-government organisations – in order to keep the Vuleka mission alive;
Vuleka Heads ~ past and present: Melanie Sharland, Susan Germond and Carrie Mercado.
Vuleka is governed by an independently elected council – made up of parents and representatives from the churches who host Vuleka. Vuleka is a voluntary organisation with its own constitution.