The Love Trust has developed and grown three key project areas to deliver on our mission to provide excellent Christian education. Currently The Love Trust is active across South Africa in the following provinces: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Free State.
Low-fee private schools (officially known as ‘independent schools’) are growing rapidly in South Africa. In its 2015 report, Low-Fee Private Schools: International experience and South African realities, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) estimated that low-fee independent schools, charging annual school fees of less than R12,000, are educating an estimated 250,000 learners across the country. These schools provide access to good education where there are no, insufficient or dysfunctional public schools in disadvantaged communities.
The Love Trust has established a low fee independent schools in the community of Tembisa, Gauteng. Our low fee schools are modelled after Christ Church Preparatory School and College in Midrand Gauteng, which was founded by our place of worship, Christ Church Midrand. Learning from this successful educational venture we believe that the best way to make a meaningful difference to disadvantaged communities is through the delivery of excellent Christian education.
Flagship School in Tembisa, Gauteng
Nokuphila which means “place of life” was the first initiative of the Love Trust. Opened in January 2010 with 45 pre-schoolers, children who attend Nokuphila School are hand-picked from the most vulnerable areas of Tembisa Township.
At Nokuphila School Children have access to:
The very best in Early Childhood Development and Primary School Education founded in Christian principles and values – overseen by the well-established independent Christ Church Preparatory School and College Midrand
Nutritious meals – critical for children living off small social grants that don’t allow for balanced meals at home
Safe and reliable transport to and from school
A variety of extra-curricular activities and social programs
We plan to grow with the founding children of 2010 and see them through to Grade 7.
Nokuphila School is donor-based. Although we require parents to contribute a small amount to fees of R150 per month or contribution in kind by volunteering at the school, the bulk of the running costs are carried by donations.
Filling the need: Low income children do not have access to high quality early childhood development programs.
Brain Development: Children who receive quality early education demonstrate greater cognitive and socio-economic growth than those who do not.
School readiness: Assisting children meet their developmental milestones.
On a journey of hope we initially realised the need to establish low fee schools. This led us to employ qualified teachers which in turn steered us to launch the Love Trust ECD teacher training centres. It has been a learning curve. During training sessions we noticed that our level 4 students who are mostly principals or teachers at Creches were expressing challenges implementing what they learnt. Upon further investigation we became aware that most Crèches in low income areas play the role of day care centres. To ensure the transfer of training to children we give support on site and at partner ECD centres which our students own and teach at.
How we support partner ECD Centres:
Each ECD Centre has:
a dedicated fieldworker
a school in the box, this includes a full curriculum per Grade for ECD teachers to follow
access to an ECD specialist
access to a resource centre
assistance in ensuring that accredited ECD training is applied (from ECD teacher training centres to the ECD centres)
tailored workshops and cluster meetings to address common challenges
monitoring and evaluation carried out and intervention programmes where necessary
We want to help ECD teachers implement what they are learning. You should know that it’s a business for them, so their business also grows. They are economically empowered” – Ruth Nkomo, The Love Trust Trustee
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning” – Brad Henry
What inspired us to start ECD Teacher Training Centres?
The newly established Nokuphila School in Tembisa, Gauteng needed qualified ECD teachers. Our aim was to employ from the community, though there were eager and passionate hopefuls who wanted to teach they did not possess the necessary skills or knowledge. Recognizing the demand for qualified teachers not only at our flagship school Nokuphila but at ECD centres across Tembisa, guided us to launch Nokuphila Teacher Training Centre within the community. The Love Trust has partnered with a registered service provider TLC (Teacher Learning Centre www.teacherslearningcentre.co.za) to offer Early Childhood Development Training.
The Accredited Service Provider: Teachers Learning Centre (PTY) Ltd
Accredited ECD Training Provider. Registered Number 1012/18469 (ETDP SETA 10440)
The Qualifications: Further Education and Training Certificates: ECD (Level 4) (SAQA QUALIFICATION ID 58761) and ECD (Level 5) (SAQA QUALIFICATION ID 23117)
Duration: 18 – 24 months (2 years). Classes are once a week
Student Fees: Thanks to sponsorship each student is required to pay only a portion of the fee every month