Is education not only a government function (if you believe LESUFI)? But who and what is Kilt and their purpose or Gill Marcus involvement? Why only in Knysna, what about all the other cities and towns in South Africa that need the same opportunities? Why do Lesufi then want the planned “Afrikaans university” for their own English people”, they already have 26 universities to pick and choose from. Afrikaans people (Afrikaners and Boers) are not accommodated in their own language, Afrikaans. This is not a sin or a crime at all. Apartheid was not created by us, but in 1854 by the British empire with black and coloured leaders. (British crownlands)
It is high time for our own leaders (Boer and Afrikaners) and own government, own schools and education in our own area (independent country) – why must we learn and teach our children other history or English if we have a right to do it in Afrikaans. We also have rights as people in Afrikaans. Ons het alle reg om in Afrikaans opgevoed te word, ‘n eie onderwysstelsel en ons eie onafhanklike land.
Everytime somebody say or planned something about Afrikaans, Boers or Afrikaners, the government always referred to the socalled “apartheid” systems of 1854 that was created by the colonial and British people, not by us. We did not live in 1854. The British empire annexed the two independent Boer Republics and the mines in 1900s. The Union of South Africa was regulated from London, not by us. It was created by the Commonwealth and CPA of Brittain.
And today, after 1994, blacks and coloures still live in separate areas, like Ingonyama Trustland and all landclaims are separate from each other. Segregation is not gone as FW/Mandela told the people. There are thousands of registered CPAs and 8840 traditional leaders (black and coloureds). It is their rights too. We do not mind at all, because nothing has been changed, only words and legislations.
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‘n Spesifieke persoon (Lesufi) wat teenkanting bied as daar van ‘n universiteit net vir Afrikaanse taal gebou word, sal alles volgens hulle, gedoen word om dit te stop.. en tog gaan ander voort sonder BOE OF BAA? Daar word vinnig bohaai opgeskop as daar iets vir Afrikaans gedoen word, hetsy kultuur feeste, wat dan oop vir almal moet wees …
Afrikaans is een van 11 goedgekeurde tale in die ANC grondwet – nou hoe nou, mag daar dan hoegenaamd geen ander taal gebruik word nie, Afrikaans is die 3e grootste spreektaal in die land. Die wat Afrikaans haat, hoef dit mos nie by te woon nie want na 1994 is alle univeersiteite gekaap en VERENGELS. Sedert wanneer mag ons as Afrikaners en Boere nie ons eie Taal AFRIKAANS praat en opgevoed word nie.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has lambasted Solidarity’s plans to open an Afrikaans-only university. In an opinion piece for IOL, Lesufi claimed that the Afrikaans language was being ‘hijacked’ by the trade union to ‘conceal a hatred of a democratic South Africa’.
“It is a pity that even under a democratic state, we are still being insulted and the overwhelming majority of our people, still live in squalor, not out of their own making but because of the historic injustices of apartheid education,” he said.
*South Africa’s 26 public universities are all members of Universities South Africa. They are distributed within all nine provinces of South Africa. Each province has at least one university, with Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape provinces having just acquired their own institutions.
On their KILT website it is stated : They wanted to ensure that every schoolchild in Knysna can read, understand and analyse, and be prepared for success in the future world of work. Their goal is to enable school principals and their teams to transform their schools into centres of excellence that become schools of choice for parents. Their aim is to make it possible for every child in Knysna to attend any local school and receive a solid education and have the opportunity to realise their true potential. – GILL MARCUS
BACKGROUND (IN ANNUAL REPORT) ABOUT KILT
Illiteracy levels in classrooms in South Africa have reached alarming proportions. For the poorest 25% of South African children, a recent independent literacy test (SACMEQ III) ranked South African children’s reading as fourteenth out of 15 African countries.
KILT’s response was to initiate a remedial reading programme in language of instruction in mid-August 2018. Nine reading facilitators were recruited to run this pilot study in 12 KILT primary schools.
Some 50% of the high schools in the Western Cape no longer offer maths and science as matric subjects and this proportion is increasing each year.
Poor reading and comprehension are influenced by several factors: teachers’ difficulties with teaching in a second language; under-qualification of teachers; shortage of teaching materials and books; and low participation among learners in classroom activities.
KILT expanded the LEGO Robotics programme to all four high schools in Knysna in 2018, with 50 learners and 10 teachers participating. As a result, learners’ science and maths marks improved, as did their ability to work as a group.
Backed by the enthusiastic determination of the principals and their teams, and working closely with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), KILT has become a mainstay of support for the 17 government schools, their teachers and the 12 000 learners in greater Knysna.
In 2016, following discussions with Gill Marcus, a number of school principals came together to form the Proactive Principals of Knysna, to support and learn from each other, and to bring about greater co-operation across the town’s government schools.
To formalise this initiative, KILT was registered in 2017 as a non-profit organisation (NPO) and a public benefit organisation (PBO) with tax exemption. In 2017, most of KILT’s funding went to providing additional teachers in schools in order to reduce class sizes where possible, and to repairing school infrastructure, particularly the ablution facilities. The following year saw the introduction of several significant projects, including the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) leadership and management programme for principals and their deputies; a psychosocial remedial programme; after-school Study Clubs; and an extramural sports programme. KILT intends enhancing and extending these programmes in 2019.
Proactive Principals of Knysna
A group of 17 committed principals, the Proactive Principals of Knysna, work together to advance the quality of teaching and learning at their schools. At the outset, they developed an overarching charter so that all participating schools could identify with a common set of values and goals. Interaction among principals has enhanced their ability to share best practice and experiences, and to provide support to each other throughout the school network in Knysna.
Aside from the skills learned and insight gained, principals – and teachers – who have participated in KILT’s programmes say they have achieved an unexpected result: a huge increase in confidence. And with confidence comes hope – hope for themselves, for their schools, for their community and for the future.
Crime and Safety – this project must be done by the government and at all schools and communities:
Crime in Knysna and the rise of violence and gangsterism pose a serious threat to learners and educators. Security, accordingly, has become a priority in all schools, more so with the ongoing installation of e-learning technology. Following an evaluation of their administration blocks and IT labs, schools have received security upgrades to secure new e-learning resources. KILT piloted the introduction of visible security at Percy Mdala High School in 2018 with the introduction of safety officers. We believe that visible security is the best defence, and currently provide funding for stationing 18 safety officers at schools at greatest risk. As a result, incidents of fighting have been reduced, as have fence-jumping, vandalism and bunking of classes.
An audit of every school in the KILT initiative by the Western Cape Education Department and the schools’ management teams revealed several school-specific needs.
We have been able to provide the following:
- A sports ground at Hornlee Primary School and a Grade R playground at Concordia Primary School.
- A container each at Knysna Secondary School and Brackenhill Primary School, thereby freeing up space in the IT lab that had been used for book storage.
- Ramps at Fraaisig Primary School so that mobile kits on trolleys can be easily moved and fully utilised.
- Portable Chromebooks and other technology for a remedial reading programme at Knysna High School.
- A piano at Chris Nissen Primary School.
Each year, we support at least one specific high impact project as identified by each school.