Education fund receives R4 million

Teacher Christelle Jansen with Mbasa Mini, at the Lynedoch Early Learning Centre in the Winelands outside Stellenbosch.

The Walton Family Foundation has granted over R4 million to the Indaba Education Fund (IEF), which provides early childhood teacher training, learning materials and infrastructure to transform the education of young, at-risk children living in the South African Winelands. “We know that 50 percent of South Africans under five are subject to abject poverty and 70 percent of those under four don’t have access to early childhood education,” said Andre Shearer, founder and chairman of the fund. The grant will assist the IEF in ensuring thousands of children will have better school preparedness he added. The teacher training takes place at the Indaba Montessori Institute near Stellenbosch. The IEF also funds bursaries for deserving students.

Left: Andre Shearer, founder and chairman of the Indaba Education Fund.