To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Kagiso Trust has kick started its birthday celebrations with a Beyers Naudeì Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) Essay Competition which began this February 2015.
The competition has been extended to all BNSDP Grade 11 students in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District in the Free State, who have been asked to share their insights on ‘What makes an innovative teacher?’
“This year we celebrate 30 years of existence, knowledge and learning and we are honoured to kick-start our celebrations, gathering insights from the very youth we aim to help. Over the last eight years our Beyers Naudeì Schools Development Programme has been working with schools and local government to transform under-performing schools into centres of excellence in learning, focusing on management strategies of the schools, curriculum delivery and the accountability of the school governing bodies in the Free State. We are also proud to announce that through this programme, the class of 2014 under the Kagiso Shanduka Trust partnership are among the top achieving learners and schools in the Free State province,” says Themba Mola, Kagiso Trust, acting chief executive officer.
Through the help of local coordinators, students have been notified of the competition and principals will select their top three essays to submit to Kagiso Trust, who will ultimately choose the three winners from all essay submissions received. The best three essays will be rewarded with a tablet computer and the winners announced in April 2015 during a ceremony which will acknowledge the performance of the 2014 matriculants in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District in the Free State.
The objective of the BNSDP essay competition is to engage the youth on their vision of leadership, transformation and innovation in education. As in the famous words of former president Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In order for that weapon to be effective and change the world for the better, all involved parties have an imperative role to play.
“As we celebrate 30 years of successful empowerment of poor and marginalised South Africans, we are committed to sharing pearls of wisdom with our stakeholders and beneficiaries,” says Mola.
“This essay question offers pupils an opportunity to describe and distinguish what contributes to better teaching. “Learners are the recipients of knowledge and information from their respective educators. We are hoping to receive great insights from learners themselves in what they believe can help them achieve greatness,” adds Mola.
“It has always been our wish to celebrate our 30-year anniversary with the very people who have made our work and longevity possible. This is why we have extended three of our scheduled activations to take place in the Free State as we have built a community of beneficiaries and colleagues and have established several successful partnerships,” concludes Mola.
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About the Kagiso Trust
The long history of Kagiso Trust (KT) is entrenched in building sustainable partnerships for poverty eradication. For over 20 years, KT has worked with South Africans to achieve a society which offers liberty, justice and freedom from poverty. The core business of KT is empowering poor marginalised South Africans so as to affirm their place and participation in the larger social institution. KT pursues an organisational development strategy that seeks to maximize its unique strength of relating to ordinary people, particularly in rural communities, as well as its’ considerable experience in development facilitation to identify sustainable solutions towards poverty eradication. It currently has three programmes, the Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme, the Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme and the Kagiso Enterprises Rural Private Equity Fund. For more information, refer to www.kagiso.co.za.
About the Free State Department of Education
The Free State Department of Education strives to ensure progressive realisation of universal schooling, improving quality of education and eliminating disparities amongst Free State citizens. Our mission is to provide an education system that is free, compulsory, universal and equal for all children of the Free State Province. For more information, refer to www.education.fs.gov.za
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