In March 2013, KST and the Free State Department of Education entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve education in the Free State province. The MoU, between KST and the FSDoE, served as a vital component in the transformation of basic education in South Africa. The nature of the KST partnership with the Free State Department of Education, has contributed significantly towards getting the programme off the ground.

The combined financial leveraging has been accompanied by strategic and technical leveraging to ensure that the vision of KST is realised, that is, leveraging each partners’ strategic and technical expertise.


Through this integration, the KST District Whole School Development Programme is poised to influence a broader systemic change in the education sector. The Kagiso Shanduka Trust District Whole School Development Model is aimed at transforming public school education based on a district by district approach across South Africa.

The implementation of the programme commenced in 2014, in two Free State districts: Motheo and Fezile Dabi. Four years into the programme and we are excited and energized to continue the work we do to uplift schools, educators, learners and communities. As KST, we recommit ourselves to serving our children and serving our country.


KST is run by passionate individuals, dedicated to making an impact in changing the landscape of education in South Africa.

The dedicated project teams are complemented by the knowledge, guidance and strategic leadership of all three organisations; the Free State Department of Education, Kagiso Trust and Shanduka Foundation.

This is a unique pilot project and various committees are in place to mitigate potential risks and ensure proper governance and accountability at all levels.


The project is being implemented in all schools in Fezile Dabi district and selected schools in the Botshabelo and Thaba N’chu municipalities of Motheo district. These schools include primary, secondary, combined, intermediate, high schools and farm schools.

Although they share the same challenges as ordinary schools, farm schools also face challenges such as poor relationships with farmers and multi-grade teaching. The majority of the learners live in dire poverty and due to lack of transport have long distances to walk to school each day. The Trust is unable to invest in infrastructure development at these schools as they are on private land.

The Whole School Development Model seeks to see a large number of schools undergo systematic transformation through its four-prong approach as follows:
• Transformation and Empowerment Workshops
• Educator professional development and training
• Infrastructure development
• Leadership and Governance in the school

District Whole School Development programme impact figures in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo Districts 2013 to 28 February 2019:

Schools took place in the Transformation and Empowerment workshops
Learners directly impacted
Educators Reached
Spectacles donated
New school facilities built
Temporary jobs created

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