In 2011, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (then known as Shanduka Foundation) and Kagiso Trust noticed how similar their visions were, and this prompted a conversation about pooling resources to have an even greater impact on education transformation. The aim was to develop a project that used the topmost methodologies and followed the best practices from each organisation. Unsurprisingly, this resulted in a top-tier integrated, Whole School Development model that addresses infrastructure development, curriculum support, social welfare and leadership, implemented at a district level. We call it KST.
In March 2013, KST together with the Free State Department of Education, embarked on a project to transform education in 428 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo Districts.
By 2018, we aim to have the project up and running in all schools in Fezile Dabi, as well as in selected schools in Botshabelo, Thaba N’chu, Naledi and Manstopa municipalities in Motheo.
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“All the people that are working here are members of the community; I think Kagiso Shanduka Trust has brought hope to our community. The school is much safer now and they are building more classrooms to reduce overcrowding. Our whole community will benefit, just as our school is benefiting.”
The partnership between KST and the Free State Department of Education works well for a number of reasons. These include a deep shared trust between the two entities, motivation resulting from a shared vision, and a vast ocean of collective experience, all of which is being directed towards the betterment of education, present and future, in South Africa.
KST has been welcomed into the strategic planning and decision‐making spaces within the Free State Department of Education. Both entities are committed to transparency, and focus on the relative strengths of each organisation, rather than the gaps.
“Both entities were looking at collaboration. We both had the experience but could not have as much impact on our own. So we found each other on the path. I always talk about it as a courtship: we dated for a while, we liked each other a lot, we attempted an engagement, and liked each other more, and then we got married and formed the Kagiso Shanduka Trust. I think we are going to see great things come from this partnership in the future. “
As you can see, KST is all about collaboration and harnessing resources in order to have the most meaningful and lasting impact on the whole education system.
KST is always looking for partners who can add their resources to its ever-growing pool of knowledge, skills and expertise, so we can continue to optimise the project’s effectiveness.
If you would like to support KST, or to get more information about the initiative, please kindly contact:
Tel: 011 592 6560