We would like to introduce you to our sponsorship programme. With the school’s inception 21 years ago sponsorship was an integral part of the original vision of this new school. We continue to strive to uphold this necessary endeavour.
One of the biggest challenges facing our society is to lift the quality and creativity of our education after the devastating effects of apartheid. Parents know that quality education is essential for their children’s future and many living in the poorer communities close to our school value the aspirations of Imhoff Waldorf School. They see the worthiness of our child-centred approach, and the nurturing and creative environment which thrives on cultural diversity.
Imhoff strives to support parents and children in retaining their cultural heritage while building a solid foundation for their education. This plays a key role in social enrichment and fosters an integrated community of belonging, respect, equality and diversity through shared responsibility.
To meet these aims, and needs, we have a dedicated sponsorship programme through which ten percent of the children in our school are supported.
Due to the high levels of unemployment, household budgets are very strained. Large families often depend on one earner or small social grants. Although many parents prioritise spending on education they cannot afford the fees. School life provides an important source of stability for the children. Our current aim is to cover the children’s school tuition as many do not have full sponsorship.
Many individuals both locally and from Europe support this programme, primarily through Die Freunde – some gift full sponsorship while others contribute a part of the tuition. Trusts are also sponsors as are a number of Waldorf Schools in Germany.
Currently 29 children are receiving sponsorship: 5 in Kindergarten, 16 in Primary School and 8 in the High School.
Some quotes from parents
“The teachers look after my child. They pick up on their strengths and weaknesses and communicate with us regularly about these.”
“I like the way creativity is encouraged at the school. Perhaps it will be the way to a job in the arts.”
“I was impressed with how self-motivated my child has become.”
“We are seeing the vision of our life change because of your sponsorship. Our daughter is always happy and free. She can give speeches, sing, act and more activities. We are fulfilled of hope and see our daughter change our family to a better level.”