Christian schooling in South Africa’s largest ‘informal settlement’
Khayelitsha Christian Academy
Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa
Nature of support:
JMT funds one of the four class teachers
Khayelitsha Christian Academy (KCA) is a day care centre for children aged between 3 and 6 years, located in Mandela Park, Khayelitsha, close to Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
Khayelitsha is a large and partially ‘informal’ settlement on the Cape Flats, on the edge of Cape Town in South Africa. Population estimates vary widely, partly because the high density makes it difficult to count how many people live in Khayelitsha. It is reported to be one of the largest and fastest growing ‘informal settlements’ in Africa, with some estimates putting the population at 2 million people, with as much as 40% aged 18 or under.
There is a huge need for good quality, early years care and education in Khayeltisha.
KCA’s mission is to lead children to Christ through education. KCA hopes to prepare and develop children for pre-primary and primary level, providing them with excellent Early Childhood Development (ECD) and the possibility of a brighter future.
KCA strives to cultivate an environment that encourages successful learning to take place and to prepare children for life and death. In life, KCA’s aim is for them to glorify God with their talents and also to escape poverty. The ultimate goal, however, is that, some of them at least, will one day be presented before God blameless, through the work of Jesus Christ.
Through its Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme, KCA also seeks to impact families of the children who attend, with the good news about Jesus.
JMT funds one of the four class teachers at KCA.