Sisonke School

Sisonke School

The school is located in Port St. Johns which is a small town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Due to the
effects of Apartheid this area was and still is, very underdeveloped. There are very few work opportunities
and those who are lucky enough to find work, still only earn an average of R1,200 per month. This wage
then has to support a household of 6-10 people. The government schools in the area are among the poorest standard in the whole of South Africa with 50-60 children per class and a pass rate of only one third of the children. Many of the parents realise that Education is the key to changing their life situation and so they are desperate for an alternative.

The philosophy

Sisonke School uses a variety of educational philosophies to bring about the best education for their children. School is not just a place for them to get their minds educated; school is also place of joy where, if approached in the right way, a true understanding of life can be explored. A place where children enjoy learning, celebrate their culture and are guided to find their inner individual nature.

Sisonke School aims at Educating the whole child, the head, the hands and the heart. Every subject is taken and brought to life for the children through stories, music, poetry, drama and practical activities. Subjects such as music, sport, art, gardening and crafts feature strongly on the curriculum.