Khula Development Group is a registered
non-profit organisation (NPO) with the mission to reintegrate primary school children from disadvantaged communities at risk of dropping out, back into the school system.
Khula is active in 22 schools in 5 areas in and around
Paarl and Stellenbosch.
In South Africa, 17 650 (17%) learners dropped out of primary schools during 2012-2018 (WCED). The importance of regular school attendance and education is often not recognized. Due to 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 FOUR PROGRAMMES:
REINTEGRATION OF LEARNERS
To promote regular school attendance by supporting absent at-risk learners and their families.
To motivate primary caregivers to accept the responsibility to ensure their children attend school.
To provide academic and psychosocial support to reintegrated learners in Grade R to Grade Seven.
EVERY CHILD FROM DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES ATTENDS 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