Partnering For Excellence In Education

The KST partnership with the Free State Department of Education started six years ago, with the development and implementation of the District Whole School Development (DWSD) programme in primary and secondary schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts.  KST aims to partner for excellence in education with like-minded public and private institutions, to make education an empowering experience, that equips rural learners with the skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to the development of our society.

The DWSD programme leverages on methodologies and best practice from Kagiso Trust and the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation to create a unique district-based educational intervention to address a range of key education development needs, such as infrastructure development, curriculum support, and leadership in schools, with districts as implementing agencies. The programme for the past five years has aimed to improve the academic performance, social wellbeing of the learners with sustainable outcomes.

Simplified below are the components that complete the holistic approach of the DWSDP model:

Empowerment and Transformation Workshops:

All KST schools are introduced to the DWSP programme through an Empowerment and Transformation Workshop, commonly known as a “retreat”. 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. The workshop is attended by educators, school management and leadership.

Curriculum Development:

Has strong focus in Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, English, English Literacy, Natural Science, Geography and Economics. The programme provides group training as well as classroom-based support to all educators, The Subject Mentors provide additional support by co-teaching subjects that are challenging to educators, and through this method educators have the opportunity to improve their content knowledge and observe effective teaching methodologies. KST collaborates closely with District Officials and at every opportunity and dovetails its efforts with those of the Department of Education.

Social Development – Vision Screening:

Impaired vision can be a barrier for learner performance and therefore programme offers vision screening, testing and the provision of spectacles to learners if required.  The vision screening is carried out by Community Health Workers who have been trained by programme and work in collaboration with the Free State Department of health.

Infrastructure Development:

Infrastructure development is a key part the programme and is awarded to schools based on two categories, basic infrastructure and incentivised infrastructure. The provision of infrastructure is preceded by a thorough school’s needs analysis, which determines what facilities are either newly built or renovated.

Leadership Development:

The golden thread that underpins the DWSD model is the realisation of the ‘theory of change’ which stipulates that, 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 programme can expect to see significant improvement in learner performance that are sustainable.

Programme impact to date 2014 – 2018 in both the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts:

  • 240 project schools in the districts
  • 251 schools who attended transformation and empowerment workshops
  • 5 152 educators have been developed through KST curriculum programme
  • 336 445 learners that have indirectly benefited from the empowerment and transformation workshops developed
  • 58 606 learners eyes screened
  • 2 588 learners received spectacles
  • 325 new infrastructure projects constructed
  • 281 infrastructure projects renovated
  • 1434 temporary jobs created
  • 223 SMMEs supported


January 2018 Matlwangtlwang Secondary School, Konanelo Secondary School and Bodibeng Secondary School in Fezile Dabi received incentive infrastructure.

In March 2018 Mpolokeng Primary School received four newly built classroom this was done in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in South Africa.


In July as part of the celebrating International Mandela Month KST’s Fezile and Motheo District offices rolled-up their sleeves to lend a helping hand.

In October the DeBeers Group in partnership with the KST and the Free State Department of Education hosted a sod-turning ceremony at Phuleng Primary School.

From left to right, Mr. P Barton De Beers Group Executive Chairman, Mrs Mankodi Moitse KST Co-Chair Board of Trustees and Adv. Malakoane HOD FSDoE

In October Phephetso Secondary School, Reitumela Primary School SHS Mafube Primary School received incentive infrastructure.