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On Wednesday 17 June 2020, some of our learners finally returned to school. After weeks of planning and preparation, various systems for ensuring the safety of both learners and teachers were in place. >> read more

The Hantam Community Education Trust is a comprehensive educational and development project situated east of Colesberg in the Great Karoo. Begun as a play school in a disused farm building 28 years ago, it has grown into an early learning centre, primary school and intermediate school, housed in a complex built on land donated by a local farmer. The Trust utilises advanced educational methods, including innovative new approaches to achieving basic numeracy and literacy, and helps its learners to complete further education and training. It also manages community health and youth development programmes. The project has won numerous awards, including the State President’s Award for Community Initiative in the Northern Cape.

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HCET 30th anniversary celebrations

On 30 July 2019, we celebrated the HCET’s 30th anniversary with a wonderful production of dance and music in the Colesberg High School hall, depicting the journey of children from our humble beginnings to the present. READ MORE

Follow our six steps to sustainable development

STEP ONE: An early start

Young children benefit from an effective parenting programme, followed by intensive early learning in a dedicated ECD centre.

STEP TWO: Quality schooling

Learners are taught by highly trained teachers using specialised teaching methods, aimed at achieving high levels of literacy and numeracy.

STEP THREE: Further education

Successful learners are given bursaries for further education and training, and receive continued guidance and support.

STEP FOUR: Youth Development

Young people who do not continue their formal education benefit from a focused youth development programme.

STEP FIVE: Community health

Learners and their families receive home visits from health workers, and benefit from a community health clinic and pharmacy.

STEP SIX: Community participation

Parents and other community members support the Trust, and are actively involved in its governance.

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HCET 30th anniversary celebrations

Herewith a video of the dance and music production celebrating the HCET’s 30th anniversary, depicting the journey of children from our humble beginnings to the present.

Thembinkosi's journey

The HCET has commissioned a short video that encapsulates the essence of its mission. It traces the life of Thembinkosi Matyeka, who rose from a labourer’s cottage in the district to become junior South African champion welder. As Thembinkosi says, ‘Not bad for a kid from the Karoo!’