Frequently asked questions
- Do parents pay school fees?
No. The parents of these children are not able to pay what
it costs to have the children educated at our school. However,
every family has to make some financial contribution towards the
education of their child – we refer to these contributions
as Trust Contributions.
- How do you work out what each family should pay as a contribution?
The parents, upon application for placement
at the school, are given a very detailed means test to fill out. Accompanying this means
test, are all salary advice slips, letters from employers, affidavits,
legal guardianship papers, death certificates (if relevant), monthly
budget details, family membership details, etc. The principal
then works through these documents with the parents and together
they decide what each family can afford to pay the school. It
is made clear to the parents that their child’s acceptance
at the school is a privilege and not a right and therefore they need
to take their commitment to paying the Trust Contributions seriously. Neglect
to pay them will result in their child’s place at the school
- How do the children get to school and home again?
The transport of the children to and from school
is the parents’ responsibility. The
school has acquired a 14 seater bus (thanks to the UK Friends of
Udobo) and we use this to transport the local children to and from
their pick-up points at a minimal cost, covering only fuel and the
salary of the driver. Children from further afield use school
transport arranged privately by their parents, or they use the Metro
Rail trains and walk the rest of the way. Children living close
to the school are expected to walk to school. Some parents
bring their children on bicycles. Others still, are transported
by friends, neighbours and employers.
- Where do the children continue their schooling once they leave
The South African government has gazetted that
every child from the age of 6 years and upwards has a right to
education and that no school has the right to turn a child away
for lack of financial resources. Therefore, our children
are fed into the local primary schools in the area, of which there
are many. As an
aside, we have had wonderful feedback from the local schools with
regard to the quality of the preparation our children receive for
formal schooling and so the schools have become very positive about
accepting Udobo children into their schools.
- Do you receive any financial support from government institutions?
No, we do not. We have tried on several occasions to apply
for financial assistance, but have never had any success. We
depend entirely on the support and generosity of the community, both
local and abroad and on our fundraising efforts to finance the work
that we do.
- Are your teachers qualified?
Yes. All our teachers have the minimum requirement of an NQF
Level 5 qualification in ECD (Early Childhood Development) or more. A
number of our teacher’s assistants are in the process of studying
towards attaining a qualification.