WELCOME TO THE HANGBERG EDUCATIONAL TRUST (HET)
HET is an established, registered Trust and NPO that is closely involved in the Hangberg community – a previously disadvantaged community of mainly fishermen, their families and their offspring. HET believes that pre-school education is a key reason for the significant school drop-out rates and inability to turn around the socio-economic imbalances in this community.
HET aims to develop and support a quality, registered pre-school infrastructure for 300 young children over the next 3 years, as well as support ancillary activities such as training regarding child abuse for pre-school teachers and IT classes for parents.
Hangberg is situated on the idyllic slopes of Karbonkelberg and is home to the vibrant fishing community of Hout Bay. Sadly, it is plagued by the darker side of unemployment, substance abuse, prostitution, poaching and gangsterism, all leading to high teenage pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and low parental engagement. For more than 1,000 pre-school children in Hangberg, there are only 2 registered playschool facilities, with capacity for just over 200 children.
Hangberg Educational Trust (HET), established in May 2012, believes that the best way to break the cycle is by supporting pre-school children; showing them that their life-stories can be different.
The Hangberg Educational Trust was established by 2 founding volunteers and 5 Trustees and is founded on the belief that in tough socio-economic environments the cycle of weak coping mechanisms and poor parenting skills cannot be broken without quality early childhood interventions.
Based on a Memorandum of Agreement between the Trust and Sentinel Primary School, the Ministry of Education allocated a part of the school’s land for the trust to develop the Hangberg Pre-Primary School.
In spite of a lack of funding, Hangberg Pre-Primary School still managed to open its doors in a temporary, spare classroom at Sentinel Primary School on Monday 21 July 2014 to 9 eager learners, increased to 20 little ones by Friday 24 July 2014.
The team is focusing significant efforts on fundraising to build the centre. The full economic cost for this quality centre has been set at R4million by the Trust’s Quantity Surveyor. Some funds have been raised from other NGOs as well as one corporate, but further sponsorships for the building is required.