Originally published at http://www.knysnaplettherald.com
KNYSNA NEWS - When visiting preschools with Veranique de la Fontaine who is the support to the director of the Knysna Education Trust (KET), it becomes extremely clear what the trust means to not only the children, but also to the teachers working in these preschools.
A quality preschool education has been listed as one of the most significant factors ensuring the growth of a successful and productive nation. A confident and competent teacher remains one of the key elements identified as a catalyst to ensuring children are exposed to the learning which they need to enter formal schooling prepared and equipped to thrive and gain a lifelong love of learning.
All projects initiated by KET are to support the protection, care, and development of young children. The Knysna Education Trust (KET) supports 53 affiliated preschools, within the greater Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg bay communities, with the necessary programmes, skills development, on site coaching and mentoring to capacitate educators to deliver a quality preschool education in a safe, stimulating environment. KET is the only organisation in the area focusing exclusively on Early Childhood Education.
It has long been a vision of KET be able provide SETA approved NQF ECD training to teachers of Knysna and surrounds. Previously, teachers had to travel to George or Oudtshorn making this formal training prohibitive and costly for teachers. KET has formed a partnership with Professional Child Care College in Johannesburg. PCCC are experts in this field and have over time honed training materials and curriculum to provide top class certified NQF approved FET training.
This exciting development was launched in July of 2016, and the first intake of students are well on their way to being formally certified. The Newly upgraded KET training canter is a top class facility, for students to attend classes. Additionally, the newly established resource centre provides a space where students can work on projects and assignments and gain additional support from the Education Facilitators. Students are supported and guided by the team of trainers at KET who are there to provide support both in the classroom as well as on site in their preschools.
It is such an honour to be able to provide quality certified training to all of the wonderful educators in Knysna. KET remains committed to supporting our teachers and educators who provide such wonderful care and education to the young childnre of Knysna.
For any further information about the Trust please visit our website www.knysnaedutrust.co.za
In July 2016 the appointment of our Change the World Volunteer Angelina Smith brought to the team another highly valuable resource. Angelina’s passion for literacy and learning initially prompted her to take on the writing of the Thesis on the FONIX Literacy programme. (link available) This year Angelina’s commitment has been taken one step further. After an extensive round of interviews and a rigorous selection process, Angelina and KET was selected to be one of the 20 candidates on this fantastic initiative brought about by Vodacom.
The projects will focus on the development and growth of our young teachers, and Angelina will head up the FET training centre at the Trust. The first intake of students are thrilled to be able to obtain a formal qualification right here in their hometown, as this formal training has not previously been available in Knysna.
The grant will also see the First 1000 days’ support groups getting off the ground. These group and workshop sessions which will assist new and young mothers and parents arming them with the knowledge and support to give their new babies the best start in life.
Congratulations and Welcome to the Team Angelina and Grateful thanks to Vodacom for this wonderful initiative we are extremely proud to play our part in CHANGING THE WORLD… one child at a time.
The Trust is extremely proud to announce our partnership with the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.
The grant funding obtained from the OMT will allow KET to continue to provide the quality ECD services which have become our trademark in the ECD arena in the Greater Knysna Community.
In the last 2 years the number of preschools affiliated to the Trust has doubled. This is a very positive indicator to KET, and highlights the value of the work being done in the community. It carries with it the responsibility KET faces of being able to provide these services to an ever increasing number of ECD centres. The ongoing support and recognition from loyal funders such as the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, not only validates the work we do, but goes a long way towards enabling the Trust to move forward and extend our services to all of those in need.
KET remains dedicated to our focus areas of teacher development and training, parent and governing body training, and providing up to date and effective learning programmes for children in the classrooms. It is undisputed that children who are exposed to learning at a preschool age, will cope better in both formal schooling, and in adult life.
KET has seen remarkable success in with our structured programmes in the past 21 years, and with partners such as Oppenheimer Memorial Trust we are assured we will see benefits long into the future.
KET is a Certified Member of the INDEPENDENT CODE OF GOVERNANCE