Khula Development Group is a registered
non-profit organisation (NPO) with the mission to promote a positive culture of learning and strengthen the value of education and attendance for children at risk of school disengagement through school, home and community based preventative and restorative initiatives.
Khula is active in Paarl (Paarl East) and Stellenbosch (Cloetesville, Idas Valley and Klapmuts) in the Western Cape.
Across the country, an estimated (40%) of Grade 1 learners will leave the schooling system before finishing Grade 12 (Zero Dropout Campaign). About 300 000 learners drop out of school each year.
The importance of regular school attendance and education is often not recognized. Due to COVID-19, many different social factors and the manifestation of poverty, it is easy for children to start a cycle of school absenteeism.
Parents have very little education
Social circumstances are desperate
Embarrassment about the lack of basic school necessities
Substance and physical abuse
Lagging academically and subsequent embarrassment from a difference in age
Peer pressure and bullying from classmates
REASONS FOR ABSENTEEISM INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
TO ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION, WE RUN THREE PROGRAMMES:
To provide school- and home-based support of learners presenting with early warning signs indicating an increased risk of school disengagement and to promote learner and parental / household engagement in the child’s education.
Love2Learn Community Programme
To promote a culture of learning and strengthen the value of education and attendance through child & primary caregiver participation, youth activation and community collaboration.
Child Wellbeing Service
Child Well-Being Service
This service is supportive to the School2Home and Love2Learn Community Programmes. Referrals meeting a specific threshold of needs and risks are made to this support service.
The goal is to support vulnerable children through preventative interventions and collaboration with the aim to reduce risk of significant harm that impacts their safety, school engagement and well-being.
TO SEE EVERY CHILD FROM DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES ATTEND SCHOOL EVERY DAY
To help children, parents, primary caregivers, schools and the community to value
daily school attendance to ensure education
GROW KHULA'S CAPACITY TO OFFER THE KHULA IN-SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAMS TO ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES, WHO NEED IT BUT DO NOT QUALIFY FOR REMEDIAL PROGRAMMES OFFERED IN THEIR SCHOOL.
TO WORK WITH PRIMARY CAREGIVERS AND PARENTS
To help primary caregivers and parents understand the value of education
To help primary caregivers and parents to assess and recognize their own need for education
To help primary caregivers and parents engage confidently with their children’s schools to ensure successful completion of their education
NURTURE ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS WITH SCHOOLS
To demonstrate appreciation for school staff
To increase collaboration with school staff to ensure school attendance and successful school completion
To motivate communication between primary and secondary schools to ensure the successful transition of Grade Sevens to a secondary school
PRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES UNDERSTAND THE RISK OF NOT BEING INVOLVED IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY BY:
Advocate community involvement