Learning at the SI

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

By day, the beating heart of the SI is the SPARK Lynedoch primary school, which is part of a network of private primary schools that offers high quality, affordable education.

Once the bell rings, high school learners gather in the senior aftercare youth hub, and the junior and senior school children participate in soccer, karate and music lessons.

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.

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 first-ever Diploma in Sustainable Development commenced 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, they 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.