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