Partnerships and collaboration that enhance the quality of education in rural schools

What makes the Kagiso Trust’s Whole Schools Development model unique and what impact has it had?

What makes the model unique is that we don’t just provide much-needed infrastructure, but we look at the entire schooling system. The core objective of the programme is to foster and create functional, vibrant, healthy, accountable and sustainable school communities that impact positively on the after-schooling life of learners in rural areas through effective partnerships at the school, district and community levels


The impact that our model has had to date:

  • 440 schools that have attended empowerment workshops
  • 31 981 number of learners’ eyesight tested
  • 795 learners received spectacles
  • Over 5 000 Educators developed
  • Over 800 000 learners benefited
  • Over 200 jobs created
  • Over 260 SMMEs that benefited

Kagiso Trust has implemented the Beyers Naudé Schools Development in collaboration with the Free State Department of Education for the past 7 years and has recently exited the programme which has seen year-on-year academic growth of good quality results from schools in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District.

What are some of the lessons learned?

  • A long-term perspective is required for sustained impact. As such, the BNSDP intervention needs at least three years of implementation in a district before yielding positive results.
  • Stakeholder engagement at all levels, including unions, is critical to the intervention’s success.
  • The visibility of leadership (political and administrative) to take ownership of the intervention and provide support is important.
  • Collaboration with the communities we work in should never be underestimated.
  • Teacher movement, i.e. redeployment, resignation and retirement, impact on programme implementation.
  • The role of school governance is key, and implementation needs to ensure that the school governing body actively participates in enhancing the schools’ functionality.

Read more: Kagiso Trust Education Development