Learning at the SI

Starting with the foundation of a child’s first 1000 days is our Montessori-based Lynedoch Early Learning, with baby centre and crèche, and parent programmes on nutrition and maternal health.

By day, the beating heart of SPARK Lynedoch is a primary school, and from 2016, our new school will open its doors for the first time, as part of a network of private primary schools which offering high quality, affordable education.

Once the bell rings, a junior and senior aftercare youth hub encompassing soccer, karate, tai chi, dancing and reading.

Addressing the issue of high youth unemployment and a a failing land reform system, our Agroecology Academy provides aspiring young farmers with the knowledge and self-confidence to participate in the growing need for localized, community-based food systems.

Learning for Sustainability TVET College provides accredited training to creche teachers coming to Lynedoch from across the country for their programme in Early Childhood Development with a special focus on Sustainable Community Development.

Our partnership with the University of Stellenbosch’s School of Public Leadership brings waves of curious and sharp-minded postgraduate students into Lynedoch, each embarking on their own journey of what a life with meaning will entail, with a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Sustainable Development. In 2018, the new Diploma in Sustainable Development will commence with the aim of addressing the great challenge we face in the world today, namely creation of a new generation of responsible entrepreneurs who understand the world we live in, have the skills to set up the kinds of organisations that are appropriate to our new post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals context, and have a set of values that equips them for action in a complex world.

For those embarking on further study, follow on with a PhD using transdisciplinary research through the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST). Executive students can register for a number of short courses focused on topics such as food security, sustainable development, systems thinking, sustainable agriculture, governance and leadership. These courses are designed to challenge conventional thinking and open minds to new ways of doing and approaching the known.