School history

Jane Bradshaw, who previously worked with street children in East London, founded Grahamstown Amasango Career School in 1995. It was originally housed in two shipping containers donated by the Daily Bread charitable trust in the grounds of Eluxolweni Shelter, which sits across from Amasango today. Facilities were so crowded that learners had to walk over the tops of the desks in order for the teachers to mark their work.

The Department of Education registered Amasango as a special needs school in January 1996.

Later, as the curriculum was extended, one small room and the dining room at the shelter were also used as teaching areas. By 1997 the school had children completing grades 1 through to 7. At this stage, only the 25 children living in the shelter attended the school.

Expanding numbers

In 2001 Mrs Bradshaw was given the opportunity to lease buildings in the railway station yard at a nominal rental and the school moved to these premises in May 2001. Numbers began to increase from that moment.
Amasango continues to have a good working relationship with Eluxolweni shelter as the majority of its residents are referred to the school. In total Amasango currently caters for up to 130 former street children and other young people who require its specialised education provisions.

In 2013 the Department of Education promised Amasango new premises, including workshops, and vocational facilities and more playground space. These premises have yet to materialise.

In 2013 the founding principal, Jane Bradshaw, retired and was succeeded by her deputy principal, Mrs Linda Ngamlana.