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  • Play encourages intellectual, social, emotional, and physical skill development. It is a necessary tool that helps children grow into successful adults. Read about the benefits of play and how KET encourages learning through play in our different programmes...

  • In South Africa about 30% of 3–5-year-olds do not attend early learning programmes, and for those that do, the quality of these programmes is often poor  This means close to a million 3-5 years olds in South Africa are missing out on developing strong foundations for future learning every year. In the greater Knysna area......

  • Knysna Education Trust (KET), a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) located in the Garden Route town of Knysna has been providing essential support services to the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector since 1993. Our comprehensive support model addresses ECD sector challenges, ensuring that preschool children reach age appropriate developmental milestones in key areas namely, cognitive, emotional and......

  • KET contemplated that the Covid lockdown would extend beyond the predicted initial 8 weeks. The impact on our local affiliated unfunded Early Childhood Development facilities would be catastrophic for principals, teachers and the young children. KET sought to continue providing food security assistance to these preschools (and education packs), following the generous support provided in......

  • “Schools may be closed, but we need to continue to support principals and teachers. And we need to try to get learning packs out to the children from affiliated schools throughout the Greater Knysna Area”. That was the message to Knysna Education Trust’s (KET) staff. Monthly reports continued, but instead of comments about literacy and......

  • Introduction The IIP program is a DSD initiative. With this program, we want to determine the level of development and skills of 502 children at the 20 sites taking part in the program. We have gathered a group of highly skilled and trained professionals to help, intervene and develop the skills and knowledge of the......

  • We are proud to once again host the Dare 2 Dash Obstacle Challenge at this years Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival! This will also be a qualifying event for the 2017 Junior BIG 5 Challenge. If you’re going to be in town for the 2017 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, join us for......

  • By: Angelina Smith One of the highlights for me this month/s is putting in the final touches to the training room. The vision I had of a neat, spacious and organised area is complete. In addition, by creating an area for the students to grab a cup of tea/coffee and recoup during lecture breaks has......

  • Collette Vacations and Collette Cares foundation have played a significant role supporting the young children of Knysna since 2013. To date Collette assisted with the rebuilding the Happy Faces preschool, sponsored 50 children on the Adopt a Child’s Education (ACE) programme for a year. In 2016 this relationship has further grown and has enabled KET to upgrade......

  • 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......

  • The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Souns-for-Literacy program in selected Knysna and Plettenberg Bay pre-schools. This included investigating if there were significant benefits for its recipients and recommending improvements that could be made to the program, particularly in adapting it to fit the South African context. The program......

  • As part of their Global Week of Service (19-25 October), Conrad Pezula ‘adopted’ Sophokama Playschool and installed a flushable toilet, an awning and outdoor playground equipment. This amazing team also arranged a food drive and they all got stuck in to help dig holes, paint and decorate walls. Principal Eunice Geelbooi is absolutely ecstatic about......

  • Sunny aptly describes both its location and the disposition of principal Ethel Sedibe.  The dire need for electricity at Siyafunda Educare continued for nine years until it became clear that the only solution would be alternative energy. Naturally Solar was instrumental in establishing a list of requirements as well as putting KET in touch with......

  • Wow! It seems as if Christmas has arrived early for Knysna Education Trust. Cape Island Construction, a local building company, has generously donated two properties located in Kayalethu to the Trust. “We have decided to do something substantial,” said owner John Rimbault as he signed the deed over to KET Chairman Richard Sohn. Vice-Chairperson Gina-Lee......

  • What a welcoming sight! The singing of children as the sun streams in through the large windows of a freshly painted, beautiful farmhouse in Brackenhill. The reason for their cheer (and the beaming faces of their teachers) is because, after seven long years, they finally have their own preschool building, thanks to a collaborative effort......

  • Gillian Carter, best known as the local Librarian for 35 years. She was passionate about Literacy and Early Childhood Education and also served as a trustee at KET for 20 years. The Gillian Carter Resource Centre was established in honour of this wise educationalist and great humanitarian who used her many talents to enrich the......

  • Produced by Lesley Satchel SOUNS Co-ordinator Knysna Education Trust, November 2013 1. Preamble The SOUNS Literacy Programme was first introduced (through a grant from Rotary International) into preschool classes in 2010, and a relatively small number of preschool learners in the Knysna area were taught according to the correct SOUNS methodology. Since January 2012, thanks......

  • The NUMICON mathematics programme was successfully customised and piloted within 4 preschools during 2013. In January 2014 KET introduced the Numicon Mathematics programme to 31 affiliated preschools in Knysna and Sedgefield. Numicon was developed to teach children new ways of learning mathematics and is based on 16 years of research done in the UK. The......

  • On Monday 3rd March the Knysna Education Trust was delighted to meet with Rotary visitors from New Mexico in America who were responsible for funding our new Numicon mathematics programme. The programme has now been launched in twenty eight of our affiliated preschools and the children are thoroughly enjoying interacting with the attractive, child-friendly equipment. Training......

  • The Knysna Education Trust, Cynthia Totito, her staff and all the children of Ilingalom-Afrika Preschool, would like to thank each and every donor and KET partner for the contributions received towards the building of the new classroom.  Ilingalom has been in operation since early 2002, when the need in the community reached near crises point.......

  • Funded by the Department of Social Development, KET was tasked with initiating a series of parenting information events and development workshops. The focus of these exhibitions was to center on the benefits of Early Childhood Development to a child’s foundation years and how parents are able to support their children’s development in the home. The......

  • BACKGROUND Siyafunda Educare Centre in Robololo started early in 2007. The word Siyafunda means “We are learning”. The preschool was started by Ms Etheline Sedibe , a humble, determined woman, who had a vision to help working parents, and in particular single parents, by looking after and teaching their children during the day. At that......

  • The second Big Swing charity golfing event, in aid of the Knysna Education Trust, was hosted by the stunning Pezula Golf Estate, on the 14th December 2012.   The amazing generosity of people locally and internationally during these challenging economic times, contributed to the Trust raising R468 000 to fund key projects in 2013. Funds raised......

  • Elizabeth Swartz of Happy Faces has surpassed the call of duty by opening her home to the children in her preschool.  After a series of challenges, including the original wooden church which doubled as the preschool burning down and her having to evacuate from the temporary damp facilities of the Catholic Church basement as the conditions were......

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