Vastfontein is a place where every little face gets a smile and every heart is touched. It is such a privilege to know each person at Vastfontein and to be changed by their love and passion. They make God tangible to anyone who meets them!
Rolindi Devenish, PwC
Today, growing up in a rural region in Southern Africa often means growing up without a decent education. Rural people are often caught in the vicious cycle of having no access to the services and opportunities that might lift them out of poverty – education, gainful employment, adequate nutrition, infrastructure and communications. Although the government’s feeding scheme is of great help, it’s the only meal of the day for some learners; therefore it’s just not sufficient to feed all children properly. Poverty and illiteracy remain as an overwhelmingly rural phenomenon. Education for rural people lies at the heart of rural development and this is fundamental for reducing poverty worldwide. A crucial issue is that the curriculum used must be relevant to rural people’s needs. Linking school with the community will enable teachers to improve the quality and relevance of the education they are providing. It is an accepted fact that rural people with basic education are more likely to adopt new technology and become more productive, and can deal better with change. However, there are no quick fixes for providing education to the rural poor; this requires a long-term effort and commitment, with concerted action at the local, national and international level.
Dr. Jurie Joubert, Senior Lecturer, Education, CPUT