District Whole Schools Development Programme

In 2007 Kagiso Trust implemented its pilot of the District Whole School Development Programme (DWSDP) in 10 schools in the Free State’s Thabo Mofutsanyana district. Under the Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) in partnership with the Free State Department of Education.

By 2011 the programme grew from 10 schools to 100 and in 2016 the programme consolidated and exited the Thabo Mofutsanyana district. However, the district still continues to perform well academically, and the main outcome of the programme is sustainability as true programme measurement outcome.

Entrenched in Kagiso Trust is the development of holistic, unique, innovative, scalable, replicable and sustainable model development. One of the ways the DWSDP model has been scaled and replicated is in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo Districts in the Free State Province.

The programme was implemented in 2013 in collaboration with the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and Kagiso Trust both contributing R100 million each and the Free State Department of Education matching the R200 million, giving the programme R400 million over the 5-year period for 247 schools.

In 2017 the FirstRand Foundation joined the partnership with R100 million that will go towards the consolidation and Master teacher training. The DWSDP also has an ICT strategy which will be incorporated into the model in 2018 to ensure that there is an integration of ICT in curriculum delivery and preparing teaching and learning for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In 2018 Kagiso Trust has partnered with the Limpopo Department of Education to implement the DWSDP in the Sekhukhune District.