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From supporting five child beneficiaries in 2008 with a total education fund of R15,883  to twelve in 2022 with a fund of R807,555, the impact and growth of the Trust is evident.

LOH Trust currently provides Private or 'Model C' education* for 12 underprivileged children from the previously disadvantaged communities of our employees at Radford Dale.
* Click here for more detail on the SA schooling system.

*Latest figures include children who are still benefitting from the Trust even if their parents are no longer employees of Radford Dale (benefits continue for two years post company departure)  

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Schooling system

The SA schooling system explained.

The South African education system is made up of three different types of schools: independent or private; public or government; and Model C schools. Let's take a closer look...

Public Schools (or Government Schools)  in South Africa

Public schools are dependent on the government for funding and materials. Each province is responsible for making sure its schools are equipped and have enough money for running costs and teacher's salaries. The standards and facilities can vary hugely, depending on the effectiveness of its management and the overall wealth of the area.  While the government is committed to education, these funds can be very low.

Public schools are also based on zoning (geographic catchment areas) which means that the children living within a certain area surrounding a public school will be able to attend the school. In public schools the teachers are appointed by the Department of Education and their salaries increase with the number of years they work for the department and have a government-paid pension. Learners (and teachers) in some school (particularly in rural and low-income areas) are challenged with the low standard of education due to very little or no government participation, the need for qualified teachers and insufficient materials and equipment.

Model C Schools in South Africa

Model C schools receive government funding, however they are administered and largely funded by the parent body. They can charge varying school fees and parents also do the fund raising for the school. Some of the country’s best schools fall into this category, and fees are somewhere between private and government school rates. The additional funding means the schools run more like a business than public schools. And they have larger budgets. This means that different Model C schools can have different teacher/student ratios, different budgets and can often offer outstanding facilities and a very high standard of education, all based on what parents can afford. Many Model C schools have the latest interactive technologies in the classroom, and excellent sports and extra mural programmes.


Private Schools in South Africa

Private schools, also known as independent schools, are schools that are not owned by the government. They are usually owned and operated by a trust, church or community, or by a for-profit company. Not all private schools in South Africa charge high school fees. Certain private schools also receive a grant from the state, depending on the community served and fees charged

Private schools (or independent schools) are funded by school fees and the parent body. Most private schools also boast smaller class sizes, around 15 children to one teacher and one assistant, which parents prefer for their children. Private schools may offer a greater range and unique activities ranging from golf to surfing to rock climbing, and most of the time these will come at an extra cost.

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