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The Durbanville Schools Trust

The Durbanville Schools Foundation is a registered charitable trust whose mission is to improve the standard of education amongst the 10 underprivileged primary schools the Durbanville area. These schools are predominantly rural farm schools, though the urban sprawl is catching up with them.

Like most rural schools, they are way behind their big city counterparts. In general they cater for the farm children in the rural areas in the outlying areas of Durbanville, and include the informal settlements on the way to Malmesbury, Paarl and Stellenbosch.

Their parents were predominantly farm labourers, though as the city spreads, more and more parents look for jobs in industry as labourers. This is not to say that they find jobs. A large proportion of children come from homes where there is no breadwinner, or are living with an extended family member while the parent or parents (many are single parent households) look for jobs in the cities. While some children are fortunate enough to have a parent or both who value education, many parents are alcohol or drug abusers to greater or lesser extents.

When the Foundation was formed just over a decade ago, most of these children never reached matric (Grade 12), with a number not even bothering to go on to secondary school (Grade 8 upwards).

The Foundation’s stated objective is – “to increase the number of pupils that go on to matriculate from these Primary schools and to improve the standard of their matric passes”.

Through the efforts of the Foundation and its sponsors, this has changed dramatically for the better, but there is a long way to go.

The Foundation works closely with the schools, so the list of requirements is endless and always growing. Funding of all kinds (larger, smaller, ongoing, one-off) is always being sought for the variety of projects on the go.