2.What key highlights stood out from the 30th anniversary celebration?
3.Why was it important to honour Archbishop Desmond Tutu during the celebration?
4.What lessons has Kagiso Trust learnt from the pearls shared during this celebration and how will these be applied in the Trust’s programmes?
5.Why has Kagiso Trust decided to devise a new business strategy going forward?
6.Kagiso Trust has evolved its brand identity to take it to the next 30 years. Why is this important to move the brand forward?
7.Why is it important that the Trust’s work and programmes be aligned with Vision 2030 outlined in the National Development Plan in relation to education and socio-economic development?
- Availability of KT controlled funds for entrepreneurship: KT has the ability to offer seed funding to the entrepreneurs and can tap into own funds and large asset bases.
By 2030, the NDP envisages an education system that has the follow attributes:
- High quality early childhood education, with access rates that exceed 90%;
- Quality school education with literacy and numeracy at globally competitive standards;
- Higher Education and Further Education Training (FET), that provides people with real opportunities to reach their full potential;
- an expanding higher education sector that is able to contribute towards rising incomes, higher productivity and the move towards a more knowledge-intensive economy; and
- a wider system of innovation that links key public institutions with areas of the economy consistent with our economic priorities In reviewing the opportunities, we have explored the reasons why the Trust should continue to be involved in this sector further to the interventions we have looked at to date.
- Our recognition of the role education places in achieving economic development. We continue to believe that education is critical to the eradication of poverty in South Africa, as is true for the world. For the beneficiary of our education programmes, we not only provide essential skills necessary to function in adulthood but the economy, we believe that we provide a ‘gift of a lifetime’. We still have further work to do in not just ensuring access but also to address the quality and relevance of education in the education institutions we will work with.
- Our depth of expertise and experience places us as a key stakeholder in defining and executing education models and interventions. Further to this, we recognise that there are many areas that we have yet to impact to deal with issues along the education value chain and address issues in the pipeline, like early childhood development and the skills levels in technical skills and colleges.
- We are keen to address some unexplored opportunities in education that will allow for continued impact. There still remain unexplored opportunities in terms of depth – deepening understanding on issues that affect education – influencing education beyond the three districts in the Free State. Some of these opportunities include our need to pursue other collaborations to establish national footprint and work in other phases of the education value chain. Along with this, it is the Trust’s desire to ensure sustainability of our programme, beyond our intervention stages, through measuring or monitoring the success of interventions once we exit districts
- We believe that where we are able to leverage our collaborative approach, we will make a greater impact in the education sector. Over and above partnership and collaboration with government, we strongly believe that leveraging other partnerships will allow us to strengthen alongside potential partners strengths, to pursue impact outcomes where market gaps exist
- Our ability to continue to be self-funded will allow us to continue to be part of the solution as funding continues to be a challenge in this sector. We believe that our ability to inject capital into the sector enables us to influence the sector as we are not driven by donor desires but focused on providing what we believe to be impactful. As a result, the Trust is keen to broaden our effort in education to be able to have a greater impact. We have defined the strategic goals we believe important for our education focus:
– To deepen the quality and focus of education, particularly in the rural and township schools
– To foster and create functional, vibrant, healthy, accountable and sustainable school communities
– To broaden our education reach nationally and regionally across the education spectrum
– To provide traditional and innovative exit options for our learners.
8.The Trust has been self-sustainable over the years, how will Trust ensure that it continues on this path and how do you plan to amplify and replicate your programme models?
9.Many stakeholders have played role in the success of the yearlong celebration, what message do you have for them?
I would like to extend a warm thanks to our trustees for the vision and commitment to the organisation. We appreciate their contribution and the roots they have planted for us. A special thanks to our partners as well, for aiding us in achieving our mandate over the years. Going forward, Kagiso Trust will still be serving the people.