“Education is a responsibility for all within society and that the burden to empower the next generation through education must be borne by all”  – Beyers Naudé

Kagiso Trust

We work with government and partner organisations to tackle critical problems in education. Over the last thirty years we have developed proven models in education that have delivered long-lasting results for our learners. We invest heavily in basic and high school education programmes.

Our approach

  • Interventions in life capabilities earlier in life have the greatest opportunity to impact on poverty alleviation and future prospects
  • Structured education programmes have the highest impact and greatest sustainability on eradicating poverty
  • Learner assistance needs to include a broader understanding of exit opportunities beyond university opportunities to include technical training and entrepreneurship

Our programmes

Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme

Named after our late founding Trustee, Dr Beyers Naudé, the Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) empowers and transforms schools in rural and disadvantaged communities. For nine years we have successfully implemented BNSDP in partnership with the Free State Department of Education. The results show the exceptional impact this programme has on high school education in the province and has driven the expansion and growth of the model.

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Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme

Our second flagship education programme is named after our late CEO, Eric Molobi. Deeply committed to the objectives of the Trust, Eric played a pivotal role in promoting and supporting social development, particularly amongst the poverty stricken rural youth.

The goal of the Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme (EMSP) is to create a viable, vibrant network of young leaders in the business and engineering sectors by supporting learners as they advance their education.

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Kagiso Shanduka Trust

In 2013 we joined together with Shanduka Foundation in a ground-breaking collaboration, which saw the implementation of district-wide holistic school development model across 428 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts of the Free State.

We have each committed R100 million over five years to this partnership and the Free State Department of Education has matched our investment, bringing the total investment to R400 million.

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Education Conversations

Each year we host and facilitate dialogue sessions to discuss the state of our education system and unpack sustainable solutions to improve it. Working together with University of Johannesburg, the outcomes of the dialogue sessions are submitted to the Department of Basic Education for consideration.

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Resilient Learners Network

The Resilient Learners Network Programme provides mentorship and support for our Grade 10 BNSDP learners. Our learners are paired with dynamic, successful students from the University of the Free State (QwaQwa campus). These students provide mentorship, confidence coaching, and life-skill training to the Grade 10 learners as they face the challenge of completing their education often under trying circumstances.

Since we introduced the Resilient Learners Network to selected BNSDP schools, academic performance has improved and parents have reported positive changes in their children’s attitudes and outlooks on life.