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Knysna Education Trust

When you invest in a child’s early education, you are making a difference to their future. At KET, our team is driven to assist all children from birth to 6 years old to achieve critical early development milestones. We are committed to the growth of our programme reach, whilst always ensuring that the joys of youth are developed in every life we touch. The donations we receive from around the world to maintain, expand, and give life to our worthy programmes and projects.

Teacher Training

Improving the quality of learning during the pivotal early years of childhood comes down to one thing: teachers. We provide skills development, accredited training, and on-site support to develop competent and passionate educators.

Two children sitting in a classroom playing FONIX, KET’s literacy programme in South Africa

Literacy and Numeracy

These children could be anything – with the right beginning. KET’s carefully devised, fun, and multi-sensory programmes develop an invaluable foundation for lifelong understanding of key literacy and mathematical concepts.

Health, Safety and Nutrition

Our programmes address the daily realities in our local communities. KET currently supports feeding schemes in 9 of the most vulnerable ECD sites and conducts training programmes to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of the young child.

A woman and young child. KET works with parents and caregivers to ensure health and safety of children in their care

Parent and Caregiver Training

It all begins at home. KET’s caregiver and parent training sessions equip parents and caregivers to confidently support their child’s development in the home.

Registration for ECD Facilities

A dedicated ECD registration team supports ECD facilities to achieve formal registration. Support services include mentorship, capacity development, ECD programme implementation, administrative support, and funding for sustainable infrastructure developments.

No Child Left Behind

Our programmes provide universal access to ECD services for all children. One programme we use to achieve this is the ACE programme which, through school fees support, has enabled over 3750 children to access preschool since inception.

Be inspired. Watch this video of the Knysna Education Trust in action. 

Help us to provide hope and dignity through education. By donating to the ACE programme, you will cover a child’s fees for one year, ensuring that the child will be safe, receive meals and, above all, experience a quality preschool education. 

Donations

Any donation - big or small - makes an impact on our projects and the lives of the people within them. Our online donation system makes donating quick and easy - allowing you to donate from anywhere in the world at any time. With a range of different donation options available, making a difference is easy with KET.

A child with some food sitting on the grass. KET’s feeding scheme provides nutritional meals to children in need

Feeding And Nutrition

For just R10 you can feed a child for a day.

Three children smiling in a classroom. KET’s literacy & numeracy programmes give children invaluable skills for education

Literacy And Numeracy

South Africa’s school reading literacy is in crisis.

General Donation

Make a difference that will last a lifetime.

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NUMBA maths kits distributed

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FONIX literacy kits distributed

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Children accessing preschool

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ECD facilities on the registration path

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"I feel confident that, in the future, I could make a difference in someone’s life and be able to teach some one else by becoming the best teacher I can be - all thanks to KET.”

Nadine van der Walt - Level 4, Module 1 student

"I really enjoy my studies at KET and the lectures are so educational that l have learnt a lot. l'm so grateful to KET for giving me an opportunity to study and change my life. KET is doing a great job in Knysna, especially for foreign students."

Rejoice Takadiyi - Zimbabwe, Refugee Funding Programme

"The children like to engage with the physical letters, to hold them. This is a great tool as they have turns to hold and play with them, they become familiar with them and start recognising the letters and their corresponding sounds."

Jules Coates - KET Volunteer and KET Training Centre student