What a great evening! As is evident in our wide smiles, we are absolutely thrilled to receive the accolade of Top Local Charity in the annual Sanlam Knysna Awards on Thursday 6 November. KET Director, Nicola Goodall accepted the award with thanks to "the proverbial wind beneath our wings" refering to the host of individuals, organisations and charities who aid KET in fulfilling its mission of improved learning, teaching, development and education in disadvantaged preschools.
Back: Gina Nel (Vice Chairperson), Linda Smith (Support to the Director), Nicola Goodall (Director),
Richard Sohn (Chairman), Lesley Satchel (Trustee)
Front: Xoliswa Mabukane (Education Assistant) and Jemima Lutywantsi (Education Assistant)
"It is very rewarding to receive recognition such as this, from the very
community we have been serving for 21 years."
Nicola Goodall, Director of Operations ~ KET
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Knysna Education Trust held its 21st AGM on Monday 15 September. Community representatives,
local organisations and preschool principals were in attendance at this festive celebration.
Back: Mama Koti (Trustee), Gina-Lee Nel (Vice Chairperson), Gail Rossini (Edu-mentor)
Front: Lesley Satchel (Trustee), Richard Sohn (Chairman), Nicky Goodall (Director)
Chairman Richard Sohn welcomed all, detailing that "This is our coming of age as 21 years is an achievement. The Trust started by assisting 2 children and now has 37 affiliated schools. We are making a meaningful difference. I am proud to be a part of the team and consider it a privilege. The operational staff members know and care about their work. We are making progress in ECD circles in this area and it is all to the children’s benefit".
Director Nicola Goodall thanked the Board of Trustees and commented on a gratifying year: "I look forward to leading the team into the future. I appreciate the support from principals/teachers/networks. The saying ‘it takes a village’ is true as success requires great working relationships with the Team, Schools, Board etc. We are aiming for the sky and see great things for the future. I am honoured to come to work every day".
Vice Chairperson Gina-Lee Nel concluded the meeting saying: “It is worth commenting on where we hope to go in the future. Essential services are important with the Department of Social Development and we hope to expand our programme of 1000 days. This is a vital area of development, not just for preschools but also for young mothers which means we can touch more lives going forward. The development of the ECD capacity program has moved forward with the implementation of Numeracy and Literacy. The Trust wants to bring formal education back to Knysna at less of an expense and with accredited mother- tongue teacher training”.
THE TRUST IS PROUD TO HAVE BEEN SERVING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FOR 21 YEARS!
KET is celebrating 21 Years of Advancing Early Childhood Development.
21 ways in which we make a difference, We:-
1. Assist 35 local preschools
2. Upgrade facilities and buildings
3. Supply educational equipment
4. Provide teacher training
5. Implement our FONIX Literacy programme
6. Implement our NUMICON Mathematics programme
7. Assist needy children through Adopt A Child's Education programme
8. Provide practical teacher workshops
9. Implement feeding schemes
10. Co-ordinate volunteers to assist
11. Organize fundraising events
12. Share our expertise
13. Assist with administration
14. Network on social media channels
15. Work with other charitable organisations
16. Liaise with departmental staff with regards to registration processes
17. Provide mother-tongue support through Edu-assistants
18. Regular site visits to schools
19. Provide extensive resources and support to principals
20. Initiate projects focusing on ECD development
21. Do everything we can to ensure preschools become self sustainable
Watch this space as we continue our work in advancing holistic preschool education !