Albert Street School was started in 2008 by four Zimbabwean refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa. The school was established to provide educational opportunity for fellow Zimbabwean refugees under the age of 18. Though initially only housing 25 students, the school has blossomed to now include over 400 kids.
It was after viewing the plight of Zimbabweans in South Africa that four refugee friends created Albert Street School. Their vision was to ‘see less privileged people uplifted, empowered, healed and reconstructed in their own lives from disasters such as violence, war and poverty’. It is in this light that the staff of the school go beyond normal teaching duties, also providing parental care to the students, working twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. The school is located in the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa, and is connected to the Central Methodist Church in downtown Jo’burg. The church is one of the largest safe havens in the country for Zimbabwean refugees, and is overseen by the esteemed Bishop Paul Verryn.