“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock
The overarching vision for Entabeni is to introduce an inclusive school life and multi-cultural learning environment for residents and their children. The education provided will be as vast as the land it is set on, as it will focus on more than just providing the basic school curriculum; those who school at Entabeni will learn skills that are far-reaching into life, with focus on sport, artisan trade, agriculture, hospitality and culture.
Education essentials and eco-system
With development already underway, the Entabeni Campus plans to open its first phase of enrolment in 2020, for 120 learners ranging from Grade 8 and 9. This is just the first phase of the greater vision for Entabeni Campus and will even provide 60 boarding rooms for all the successfully enrolled pupils, as well as a number of rooms for teachers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the local Clubhouse and Boma. For the school section, currently there are 4 break-away rooms and 4 high-tech classrooms, an outdoor amphitheatre and a conference venue. This foundation stage is set to be operational within 2021 and run by one of the country’s leading educational institutions.
Phase 2 will follow in 2022 to 2023, where the Entabeni Campus will be able to accommodate 1000 students from primary school through to secondary school. Thereafter, Phase 3 will introduce tertiary education and create a learning eco-system that will set individuals up with practical skills and extensive knowledge to prepare them for the working world.
Beyond classroom walls
On top of the basic education programme provided, grounded in a basic school curriculum, learners will have exposure to first-hand, practical experiences that will take their learning far beyond the classroom. The Entabeni Campus will allow learners to live in amongst nature, as well as have the opportunity to be schooled ‘under the stars’.
Within the first Phase of the development of the Entabeni Campus, children will be exposed to cultural activities such as ballet, art, hospitality, conservation and agriculture, along with a state-of-the-art sports centre that will offer golf, soccer, rugby, tennis, as well as hiking and cross country.
The Entabeni Campus will provide specialised college-level qualifications and education in hospitality, agriculture and artisan trades.