The Trust, originated in 1993 (also registered as PBO in 1993 and an NPO in 2002), is overseen by a demographically representative management committee. The Trust has 5 full time employees and relies primarily on the goodwill and support of volunteers such as ex-teachers, community workers and a wide spectrum of members of the Knysna and Eden communities to deliver its services and support to the preschools. The Trust exists to improve the quality of teaching and learning for young children.
This is achieved through:
We do this because research has shown that children who have attended preschools, even for only one year, are often more successful at primary school, not because they are more intelligent (the research indicates that there is no increase in IQ), but because they are more resilient, more willing to take risks, and because they have more positive self-esteem as a result of their preschool experiences.
Studies in the USA over 40 years indicated that children who had previously attended preschools showed greater academic achievement in their later high school careers, fewer high school dropouts, less unemployment and higher earnings by age 19, less delinquency, fewer encounters with the criminal justice system, fewer teenage pregnancies, and a greater likelihood of attending church. They usually had steady jobs, did not need welfare grants and often owned their own homes.
Studies in South Africa have shown the same results. Added to the above positive behaviours, children in this country who attended pre-school are also less likely to vandalise infrastructure.
The Trust currently serves 39 partner pre-schools located in the disadvantaged communities situated within the greater Knysna area.