Our current focus rests on three core programmes, around which all our activities are centred:
The Kusasa Project Early Learning Centre
The Kusasa Project Early Learning Centre (ELC), opened in 2012, currently serves 120 children in six Grades – 0, R, 1, 2, 3 and 4. Our ELC seeks to prepare children for a lifetime of learning by imparting a love for learning, solid core skills of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving, strong personal interaction skills as well as an appreciation for healthy living and the role of the individual in shaping their world.
We strive to give a strong start to a child’s educational journey and to build confident children who can thrive in the next phase of education. As part of our ethos we look to engage the parents or carers in the educational lives of their children, regardless of the adults’ level of education or literacy. This English-based foundation phase school includes a balance of boys and girls, who are Xhosa and Afrikaans native-speaking children from the local community. We employ a well-rounded approach to teaching, with a teaching staff that is committed to serving the whole child and working to help the child fulfill their potential, regardless of the external environment or social/economic situation.
The Breakfast Club and Feeding Scheme
Started in 2007, The Breakfast Club was founded to provide consistent and well-balanced breakfasts to primary school children in two local primary schools.After the unexpected success of the programme and the partnership with a world recognised local chef (Margot Janse of The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français) the programme has gained international financial support and grown to include a number of créches and our own ELC, serving over 1 000 children each school day.
In 2014 the 1 millionth breakfast was served, providing 1 million school days where a child had a healthy start to her/his learning day.
The Scholars’ Programme
Through this programme, begun in 2008, we enable talented and committed teenagers to attend fee-paying state schools of a higher-functioning level than those they would otherwise attend and, importantly, we provide critical after-school support with homework, career guidance, mentoring, and social support. This programme includes both secondary and now tertiary students – many of whom have been with us from the beginning of our activities in the Valley.
Our programme coordinator, social worker and subject specialists provide intervention, guidance, workshops, parental outreach and refreshed input on methods and techniques in dealing with the social and educational challenges children face.
At various times we provide direction and assistance for smaller and/or temporary activities in sport, education, training and recreational activities in the community.