Where your money goes
Committed to impacting education through the teacher, our values-driven approach supports building a stronger South Africa.
We reach over 20 000 children from disadvantaged communities through the 850 teachers we have trained or who are currently in training with us.
How we do it
Our Nokuphila campus in Thembisa is a centre of excellence for pre-primary, primary and teacher development.
Nokuphila Primary and Pre-Primary School in Thembisa has capacity to enroll 400 children.
The Nokuphila Teacher Training Academy in Thembisa trains and develops accredited (NQF) Level 4 and Level 5 early childhood development teachers qualified to teach Grade 000 and Grade R respectively.
The Nokuphila Teacher Training Academy also provides resources and practical curriculum support to the 149 early childhood development students currently studying at our academy and at our affiliated teacher training centres in Gauteng, KZN, Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Free State.
Together with the Nokuphila Teacher Training Academy, our affiliated teacher training centres have graduated 728 early childhood development teachers, affecting the lives of approximately 20,000 children per day. A further 90 students are expected to graduate in 2022.
Nokuphila centre of excellence
Nokuphila School is a world-class school for the poor of Thembisa, whose children are referred to us by various local community welfare organisations.
Our class of 2018 was our first Grade 7 Alumni. The Love Trust supports these graduates to adjust to the new environment so they continue to uphold The Love Trust values.
Nokuphila Teacher Training Academy
On 7 March 2019, we celebrated the official opening of the Nokuphila Pre-Primary School and the Nokuphila Teacher Training academy buildings. To remember this special day, our donors, learners, students and staff members made their mark by creating an imprint of their footprint in clay. This symbolised walking the ‘Journey of Hope’ together.
Early childhood development centres in poor communities are characterised by unqualified teachers assuming the role of babysitter rather than educational practitioner, which inhibits the child’s entry into the formal school system. At The Love Trust, uplifting teachers sits at the heart of our purpose.
The Love Trust teacher training SAQA accredited programme spans two years, with weekly in-contact sessions, together with mentoring and small group support on a needs basis. The structure creates the opportunity for students to practice newly learnt skills and use the resources developed in the lectures. As many students did not complete their high schooling, we offer a matric (Grade 12) bridging course.
Teacher training centres
Curriculum resources and support for SAQA accredited NQF Levels 4 and 5 courses at nine national centres for pre-school teachers in rural and peri-urban communities.
The high poverty and unemployment levels in the rural communities place these centres at risk of closing. The student fees are heavily subsidised by donations to enable the student to pay a nominal fee.