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 FSDoE has contributed significantly towards getting the programme off the ground.
In June 2018, the FirstRand Empowerment Foundation (FREF) joined the partnership, signing a contract agreement that would enhance the existing DWSD programme to include the implementation of an Instructional Leadership intervention across the two districts, over three years.
The combined financial contribution is accompanied by strategic and technical leveraging to ensure that the vision of KST is realised, that is, leveraging each partners’ strategic and technical expertise.

OUR VISION

An effective and functional school with creative spaces for children to experience the joy of learning and fulfil their educational potential.

OUR MISSION

Partnering for impact in education through a District Whole School Development Model that transforms schools to reach levels of optimal functionality.

OUR VALUES

  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Wholistic view
  • Long-term thinking
  • Partnership

Who We Are

KST is run by passionate individuals, dedicated to making an impact in changing the landscape of education in South Africa. The dedicated workstreams are complemented by the knowledge, guidance and strategic leadership of all four organisations (Free State Department of Education, Kagiso Trust and Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and FirstRand Empowerment 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.

Where We Work

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

PARTNERING FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

KST aims to collaborate with public and private institutions to make education an empowering experience that equips learners with the skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to the development of our society.

Our Model

Our Impact

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

251
Schools took place in the Transformation and Empowerment workshops
336445
Learners directly impacted
2588
Spectacles donated
333
New school facilities built
1556
Temporary jobs created

KST Annual Report

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THE THEORY OF CHANGE

If the educator is capacitated through professional development and training and the school environment is improved through investing in infrastructure, curriculum development and leadership support and the district office is strengthened to better support the schooling system, then we expect to see a significant improvement in learner performance that is sustainable.

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