Transformation and Empowerment Workshops

All schools are introduced to the KST project through an Empowerment and Transformation Workshop, commonly known as a “retreat”.

A retreat is a weekend workshop where the educators, school management and leadership and together with the leadership of the learner organisations get together for open and honest discussions on the factors affecting school performance.

The process aims to create unity within the school through the development of a cohesive vision and a strategic plan to ensure long-term success and sustainability.

Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST)

Leadership Development

The Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) and Free State Department of Education leadership development programme incorporates both the empowerment and transformation workshops (previously termed “retreats") and a dedicated leadership development component aimed at members of School Management Teams (SMTs) and learner leadership.

The SMT leadership development programme began in late 2015. The programme made use of individual coaching and training workshops. SMT members have attested to an increase in self-confidence and commitment to their responsibilities with some delegating authority in new and more effective ways.

Curriculum and Social Development

Curriculum development programmes in Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, English, English Literacy, Natural Science, Geography and Economics. Group training as well as classroom-based support is provided to all educators. Subject mentors provide additional support by co-teaching subjects that are challenging to educators.

Through this method, educators have the opportunity to improve their content knowledge and observe effective teaching methodologies. In preparation for the final year examinations, KST service providers have worked intensely with the schools by designing mock test papers, reviewing past papers and providing direct support to learners where necessary. KST collaborates closely with district officials and at every opportunity and dovetails its efforts with those of the Department of Education.

The social development element of the programme currently offers vision testing and the provision of spectacles as required. Service provider, Premier Optical, have developed sustainable solutions to optimise resources. They have trained educators and DBE district officials in the fundamentals and techniques of vision screening. They also work with Health and Welfare SETA to offer temporary employment to trained community health workers from their database.

Infrastructure Development

Basic Infrastructure

This refers to the building or renovation of ablution blocks and classrooms, perimeter fencing and the provision of desks and chairs. All schools will receive basic infrastructure where it is required and where it is not already being provided by government.

Incentive infrastructure

This refers to facilities such as science laboratories, libraries, computer centres, maths centres, multi-media centres and sports facilities. Schools that perform above the target that has been set by the Free State Department of Education, qualify for incentive infrastructure projects.


Learners are able to demonstrate age-appropriate cognitive capabilities, confidence and life skills that allow them to realise their full potential.


Educators have the required skills, knowledge, resources and motivation and are dedicated to learner success.


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