ABOUT US

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

  • Absent fathers

  • 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:

School2home Programme

  • 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.

 

OUR VISION

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

  • Contribute in-kind

  • Funding activities