In August this year, Sparrow Schools celebrated 30 years of educational excellence. Initially a Saturday School with only four learners, Sparrow is proud of what has been achieved over the past three decades, and excited about what is still to come.
Sparrow’s founder, Jackie Gallagher, is a force of nature in her own right, and has seen Sparrow blossom into the bastion it is today. She kindly answered a few questions, and shared her vision for the future of Sparrow Schools.
When I started the Saturday School, my main aim and hope was to assist children to have access to quality education – I wanted to build a bridge out of the old apartheid system of schooling into an education system that would meet the needs of the neglected child. I feel that my aspirations have been met in ways I never dreamed possible.
That we would continue to meet the educational needs of the neglected child.
Without a doubt, meeting Nelson Mandela when he visited Sparrow Schools – I was blown away by the greatness and humbleness of him.
So many, and all in different ways. From the child who has achieved on the sports field, to the child who has learnt to read and, of course, all our FET candidates that were previously unemployed who are now employed. However, I must mention Natacia Luthuli, who studied Early Childhood Development, and her incredible passion and enthusiasm for education. She is opening up her second ECD centre in 2020 in Cosmos City – she inspires me!
Do the best you can, grab hold of every opportunity given to you, and strive to achieve.