Education Development

“Education is a responsibility for all within society and that the burden to empower the next generation through education must be borne by all”  – Beyers Naudé

Kagiso Trust works with government and partner organisations to tackle critical problems in education. Over the last thirty years, we have developed proven models in education that have delivered long-lasting results for our learners. We invest heavily in education programmes throughout the entire education pipeline to increase learner throughput.

Our Approach

  • Interventions in life capabilities earlier in life have the greatest opportunity to impact on poverty alleviation and future prospects.
  • Structured education programmes have the highest impact and greatest sustainability on eradicating poverty.
  • Learner assistance needs to include a broader understanding of exit opportunities beyond university opportunities to include technical training and entrepreneurship.

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

While implementing our District Whole Schools Development Programme, one of the lessons learned included the identification of cumulative gaps amongst our learners. Our interventions need to start at Early Childhood Development (ECD) phase through coordination to ensure that all the learning outcomes, class appropriate competencies and early childhood cognitive development is built early, and by making the investment in ECD, we are more likely to observe long-term economic impact and benefit when learners reach foundation phase in the education pipeline.

District Whole Schools Development Programme

Entrenched in Kagiso Trust is the development of holistic, unique, innovative, scalable, replicable and sustainable model development. One of the ways the District Whole Schools Development Programme 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.

Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme

The Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme (EMSP) launched the Kagiso Trust Alumni Programme during its 10th Anniversary celebration in 2017. The Alumni Programme seeks to reconnect previous EMSP/Kagiso Trust Bursary beneficiaries with current beneficiaries. We want to inculcate the spirit of ploughing back and paying it forward. Alumni can give back through various ways, from mentorship to employment.

The EMSP was established in 2007 to afford learners from the rural and/or disadvantaged schools affiliated with the Trust’s Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme. We looked at fields of study and work that lacked the participation of young black professionals in the market and these opportunities were found within the engineering and commerce sectors.