Tsiba College in Karatara, the countryside of Knysna, is easily my favourite education institution.
They’re currently sponsoring 80 pupils! And 74 of those get free food and accommodation too! The best students go on to diplomas and degrees in Cape Town!
I was pleased to introduce Ellie Leaning, a USA student studying food security, and Nathalie Belet, a director at Conservation Global.
I was very lucky with my timing as Penny Costley-White had returned from England for several weeks. I’d previously met her through an eventing course i’d run almost 4 years ago; lovely, bright, determined lady. With a law degree and an interest in human rights, she had stopped by to teach for free again.
Penny gave us a marvelous tour of their garden and kitchen. She explained that the students are divided in teams who, in addition to their classroom lessons, are responsible for a section, such as the shop, for 10 weeks, each with a specified duty. Each section teaches business responsibility e.g. the “farmers” sell food to the kitchen – of course, they all get to eat it:)
We met several of the students who all had good things to say about Tsiba. Nathalie and Ellie were very impressed!
We can all learn something from Tsiba College’s spirit and attitude (add more “!!!” here).
“To be an innovative learning community
that graduates entrepreneurial leaders
who ignite opportunity and social change.”
– on the wall at Tsiba’s entrance.