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About Knysna Education Trust

Change Through Education

Find out more about our team, which is making a difference by changing the lives of children through early childhood development.

The Knysna Education Trust is an NPO based in the Garden Route in South Africa, which focuses on Early Childhood Care and Development from 0-6 years. KET has been providing essential services to the ECD sector since 1993. KET’s comprehensive support model is designed to address ECD challenges and ensure children meet developmental cognitive, emotional, and physical milestones. This gives them a foundation upon which to take full advantage of formal schooling. KET’s Vision: Ensuring young children thrive through quality Early Childhood Development programmes, competent teachers and caregivers in safe, healthy, and enriched learning environments. KET’s Mission: For every child to attend a safe preschool, with competent, qualified teachers, where literacy, numeracy, and life-skill lessons happen daily – and where training, on-site mentoring, and support to teachers and parents ensure all children reach crucial developmental outcomes.
A smiling child. KET’s children’s charity is making a difference in the lives of children and teachers through ECD programmes

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.

To fulfil our Mission, KET will:

A certificate showing KET provides SETA-accredited ECD training to student teachers A certificate showing KET provides SETA-accredited ECD training to student teachers

Provide SETA accredited Early Childhood Development training to student teachers.

The numbers 1, 2, 3 showing KET’s numeracy project in Africa, which helps children understand mathematical concepts The numbers 1, 2, 3 showing KET’s numeracy project in Africa, which helps children understand mathematical concepts

Develop and entrench mathematical concepts in preschool children through the NUMBA mathematics programme.

Letter blocks A, B, C arranged in a triangle showing KET’s literacy project in Africa, the FONIX programme Letter blocks A, B, C arranged in a triangle showing KET’s literacy project in Africa, the FONIX programme

Develop and entrench literacy acquisition in preschool children through the FONIX literacy programme.

A knife, fork, and plate, showing KET’s feeding scheme and nutritional support for physical development of children in Africa A knife, fork, and plate, showing KET’s feeding scheme and nutritional support for physical development of children in Africa

Maintain nutritional support programmes to promote healthy physical development for young children in preschools.

A wallet, showing KET provides financial support for children’s education, such as Adopt a Child’s Education A wallet, showing KET provides financial support for children’s education, such as Adopt a Child’s Education

Provide access to preschools for the most vulnerable children by facilitating a fee payment support programme, linking sponsors to qualifying parents, through the Adopt-a-Child’s Education project.

A clipboard and a pencil showing KET’s support for ECD facilities in meeting government registration requirements A clipboard and a pencil showing KET’s support for ECD facilities in meeting government registration requirements

Support backyard care groups, home-based creches, and community preschools to reach education, health, and safety norms enabling them to achieve government registration requirements.

The 1000 number, showing KET’s focus on the importance of a child’s first 1000 days in a child’s early childhood development The 1000 number, showing KET’s focus on the importance of a child’s first 1000 days in a child’s early childhood development

Maximise the first 1000 days of development in a child’s life through educational engagements with caregivers and parents and informal ‘Play Groups’.

A teacher pointing at a blackboard showing KET provides on-site support and teacher training to ECD teachers A teacher pointing at a blackboard showing KET provides on-site support and teacher training to ECD teachers

Provide training and on-site support and mentoring to teachers to ensure age, language, and developmentally appropriate lessons and assessment methods are being implemented in all classrooms.

A screen showing KET’s support to ECD facilities in implementing electronic document storage for ECD registration A screen showing KET’s support to ECD facilities in implementing electronic document storage for ECD registration

Implement electronic document storage capability for all preschools within our service region to improve administration, tracking, and storage of registration documentation.

A handshake, showing KET’s commitment to partnerships and funders to grow their ECD projects nationally A handshake, showing KET’s commitment to partnerships and funders to grow their ECD projects nationally

Establish partnerships with funders and other ECD stakeholder organisations to enable national KET programme roll-out and scale-up.

A heart, showing KET’s commitment to managing funds to the best advantage of their beneficiaries A heart, showing KET’s commitment to managing funds to the best advantage of their beneficiaries

Professionally manage donor funding to ensure that the children remain the ultimate beneficiaries of programmes, services, and funding.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.

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Nearly 50% of children aged 0-5 don’t access any ECD programme

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Only 16% of South African Grade 3 children are performing at an appropriate Grade 3 mathematics level

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Only 1 in 4 children read for meaning by Grade 4