Boos­ting the gro­wth of young shoots

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

PG Bi­son han­ded o­ver R120 000 to the Knys­na E­du­ca­ti­on Trust (KET) for their Le­ar­ning Tree s­chool on F­ri­day 23 March.

The non­pro­fit trust has been sup­por­ting young child­ren in Knys­na’s for the past 21 y­e­ars, through tar­ge­ted pro­gram­mes and ser­vi­ces that of­fer pres­chool child­ren the be­st start in li­fe pos­si­ble.

KET di­rec­tor Ni­co­la Good­all said, “It has been a won­der­ful jour­ney, and as an or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on we ha­ve wor­ked hard to en­s­u­re that our pro­gram­mes and pro­jects are re­le­vant, and in li­ne with na­ti­o­nal go­vern­ment’s plan for e­ar­ly child­hood de­ve­lop­ment (ECD), but that t­hey al­so pro­vi­de a qua­li­ty e­ar­ly e­du­ca­ti­on nee­ded to grow in­to pro­ducti­ve mem­bers of so­cie­ty.”

The Le­ar­ning Tree, for­mer­ly kno­wn as KET Mo­del Pres­chool, is the first fa­ci­li­ty of its kind in the a­rea.

It will not on­ly be a hap­py le­ar­ning pla­ce for ma­ny young child­ren, but al­so a pla­ce of le­ar­ning for te­a­chers, who will be ex­po­sed to cul­tu­res of be­st practi­ce and be gui­ded to ho­ne their skills in the class­room by wor­king in a mo­del en­vi­ron­ment.

“One of the cri­ti­cal fac­tors be­hind the succes­ses a­chie­ved by KET is the in­cre­di­ble part­ners­hips with local com­pa­nies such as PG Bi­son – part­ners­hips that s­ha­re a mu­tu­al re­spon­si­bi­li­ty to sup­port the com­mu­ni­ty, a shared vi­si­on to im­pro­ve the li­ves of the ma­ny child­ren, al­ong with sup­por­ting the te­a­chers who are so de­di­ca­ted to pro­vi­ding the­se young minds with the po­si­ti­ve start in li­fe t­hey so de­ser­ve.”

A ce­re­mo­ni­al tree was plan­ted as a re­min­der of w­hat the Le­ar­ning Tree stands for – of­fe­ring end­less le­ar­ning op­por­tu­ni­ties to young child­ren and te­a­chers.

In con­clu­si­on she said, “We ha­ve no doubt ma­ny te­a­chers and child­ren in the fu­tu­re will en­joy thril­ling sto­ries in the shade of this tree. On­ce a­gain, our sin­ce­re thanks to PG Bi­son for the on­going sup­port.”

In re­spon­se, PG Bi­son Sout­hern Ca­pe exe­cu­ti­ve D­ries Saai­man said t­hey as a com­pa­ny would li­ke to con­ti­nue with their re­la­ti­ons­hip with KET.

Pho­tos: N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

So­me of the Le­ar­ning Tree s­chool’s young on­es in their class­room.

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