Residents of Stellenbosch’s Kayamandi township have now been given the option of sending their Grade one children to Vision AfriKa’s new primary school rather than the nearby state institution.
The educational development NGO opened the new facilities at its headquarters in the Ikhaya Trust Centre at the start of this year in order to round out its service offerings – it already provides nursery and after-school amenities as well as its flagship high school programme.
As a result of the move, Vision AfriKa has now hired a full-time teacher to look after its new class of 22 learners, although the aim is to increase this number to 28 by the end of January.
The students’ curriculum will be based on the government-approved IMPAK system currently used by private schools, with subjects including English, maths and life skills.
Although tuition will be conducted in English, pupils will also be taught to read and write in their home language of isiXhosa each afternoon.