Last month Linda Ngamlana retired as principal of Amsango Career School. Many of us in the UK have known Linda for a while. We met her when volunteering at Amasango, or hosted her on one of her fundraising trips to the UK for the Friends of Amasango.
Linda was instrumental in pushing forward the development of the skills workshop at the school, understanding the importance of giving young people the skills and the hope and confidence to use those skills in the wider world.
Welcome to the new acting head
The new acting head is Dr Girlie Shadaya, Zimbabwean by birth but now living permanently in South Africa. She completed her initial teacher training in Zimbabwe. She holds a Certificate in Education, Bachelor of Education (Special Needs Education and Mathematics), Honours in Education, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy. All her higher qualifications’ focus of interest has been on children with special educational needs.
She worked as a teacher in Zimbabwe from 1993 to 2008. She then moved to South Africa and taught at Nombulelo Senior Secondary School in Grahamstown. After a brief spell in Cape Town she came back to teach in Grahamstown at Amasango Career School in October 2014. She was appointed deputy principal in June 2018 and has now taken over as acting principal on the retirement of LInda Ngamlana.
Having sat in on some of Dr Shadaya's lessons at the school, I know she is a good teacher and has high expectations of her students. She also understands the importance of offering a vocational path to non-academic students.
We wish her well in her new role.
The new beauty salon
Thanks to the generosity of others, the school has been able to acquire a new container from which to teach beautician skills. We are hoping to play our part in this exciting new venture by training a hairdressing tutor.
Christina Thomas is a trustee of Khanya and serial volunteer at Amasango Career School.