The Hantam Community Education Trust is a comprehensive educational and development project situated east of Colesberg in the Great Karoo. Begun as a play school in a disused farm building 28 years ago, it has grown into an early learning centre, primary school and intermediate school, housed in a complex built on land donated by a local farmer. The Trust utilises advanced educational methods, including innovative new approaches to achieving basic numeracy and literacy, and helps its learners to complete further education and training. It also manages community health and youth development programmes. The project has won numerous awards, including the State President’s Award for Community Initiative in the Northern Cape.
Award winning community initiative
Hantam Community Education Trust manages programmes for about 200 learners in early childhood development (involving families as well as their children), health (including an on-site pharmacy), youth development, bursaries for continuing education, and the farm school.
Their overall purpose is to “educate and develop members of the local community within the framework provided by the South African Constitution” (extract from the Hantam Community Education Trust’s Mission Statement). Proof of their success in achieving this is evident throughout the Centre while a clear example is the fact that some of its current teachers were among the Centre’s early learners.