Children and youth
Our work is located in a context of educating for sustainable futures with an approach to learning that is locally grown, historically-tested and globally relevant. It is this spirit that the SI work with children and youth intends to convey – a creative, high-quality, innovative space of learning, rooted in a sense of place, traversing experience and practice in explorations that generate connections with ecology and more equitable futures in South Africa.
At the Sustainability Institute we have various programmes running to support our local community within the Lynedoch Valley. Education opportunities on-site include:
- A Montessori creche that can accommodate up to 65 children from birth to age 6.
- A private primary school where 160 children from the community also go to school, through funding provided by the Sustainability Institute.
- Aftercare and youth programmes running throughout the year for about 40 children.
A hungry child cannot concentrate at school. Every day we provide nutritious meals to approximately 200 children through support, resources and funding provided by donors such as the Lexi Cinema in the UK, the Lunchbox Fund and through our own community gardens.
We are grateful for the support we receive from the Lunchbox Fund which provides us with essential dry goods and additional support for our onsite feeding programme. The Lunchbox Fund focuses on fostering education via nutrition by providing a daily meal at school for impoverished and at-risk school children in township and rural areas of South Africa. Lunchbox Fund's simple intervention provides an incentive for children to stay in school. Once a child is in class and no longer hungry; they are ready to receive an education.