2017 Tutu Fellow and Founder of SPARK Schools, Stacey Brewer, has opened another school; this time in the township Soweto, Johannesburg. The new school opened its doors in January 2019, and is the twentieth school in the SPARK Schools network. SPARK Soweto is located in the west of Soweto.
Stacey said she and her team saw the need to open a school in Soweto in oder to meet the demand of the Spark pupils who were mostly from that specific area. This opportunity presented itself after years of planning, and Spark Schools believed that opening schools close to where the pupils' families lived would not only be an investment in the local community, but also potentially lead to substantial savings in travel costs, and ensure that scholars remain close to their support network.
Brewer added that opening the school in Soweto was in line with the company’s mission to open schools in a range of areas, from suburbs and urban areas, to townships and rural areas.
Spark Soweto is alongside Curro Academy Protea Glen, which also opened last month. They are the first high-end or mid-range fee-paying private schools to open in the township.