Established for the purpose of raising the quality of life for materially disadvantaged people living in rural villages in South Africa, the Barefoot University Foundation implements practical projects to engage the local people in a process of social empowerment. We work with communities and schools in Kurland Village, a rural township on the edge of the Tsitsikamma National Park, 20 km from Plettenberg Bay.

Kurland Village is a rural township in The Crags on the Garden Route in South Africa.

Kurland Village is a rural township in The Crags on the Garden Route in South Africa.

To activate this vision, the Barefoot University Foundation is at the moment implementing Khanyisa Life Skills Trainings for all grade-7 learners of The Crags Primary School in Kurland Village. With 16 adolescents at a time, we camp down in Nature’s Valley for three subsequent weekends. The first weekend is focused on trust building and life stories, the second weekend on life skills and making choices, and the third weekend on vision building inspired by Madiba’s message. The programme contains trust games, beautiful hikes, environmental education, drumming and dancing, group yoga, creative expression, democratic practices, sex education and HIV/Aids awareness, alcohol/drugs-awareness, and more.

The Khanyisa pioneers of 2014 at the beach in Nature's Valley.

The Khanyisa pioneers of 2014 at the beach in Nature’s Valley.

Khanyisa means to ignite the light, which is what we aim for: to ignite the lights within each child, to let them discover their strengths, talents and goals, and to motivate them to be role models in their communities and families.

We have been running these trainings from February 2014 onwards.

On this website you can read about why we believe this is important, our future vision, how you can contribute. You can also read about the past weekends and see pictures of the children enjoying, learning, hiking, claying, swimming…

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An education initiative for community empowerment and environmental awareness.