- The Economic Freedom Fighters remain committed to providing education to poor South Africans
- The intention is to 'decolonise' education in South Africa with a new curriculum
- Leader Julius Malema shed some light on the party's plans to open a state-of-the-art school
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The Economic Freedom Fighters aim to open a private school aimed at providing talented but poor students with world-class education.
The 'decolonised' school will be named after the late Winnie Mandela in line with the concept of free but world-class education announced by leader Julius Malema at the EFF's elective conference last year.
Speaking during his Freedom Day address, Malema expanded on the concept and revealed that the party had already found land to begin construction.
While it is a party driven by the Red Berets, Malema confirmed that the school would operate independently from the political organisation.
Malema says the party aimed to move away from the current schooling curriculum in favour of poor black students.
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"Over the next five years we will work day and night to establish this school along the values of decolonisation and socialism. It will be an independent school from EFF with its own independent and highly qualified board of trustees."
The party's leader confirmed that admission would be considered very carefully using specific guidelines.
"Its admission policy will be based on prioritisation of poor orphans who lost their parents to HIV and Aids, poor victims of domestic violence and the poor in general."
Both Malema and the EFF's spokesperson shied away from confirming whether or not the school would have a 'blacks only policy'.
At present, South Africa's constitution would not allow for exclusion based on the colour of a citizen's skin, Briefly.co.za gathered.
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