Annual Reports

Annual Report 2019-2020

The past few months have been a time of unprecedented disruption and change, especially in education, as more than a billion children across the globe have had their schooling affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The King David Schools have mobilised quickly to deal with this change, moving students to a virtual learning environment and providing continuous support to parents, which will continue as schools begin a phased re-opening in line with government regulations.

In addition, the pandemic has caused widespread economic disruption, with many parents appealing to the South African Board of Jewish Education (SABJE) for relief on fees. As a result, the King David Schools’ Foundation (KDSF) has agreed to allocate R20 million, in the form of a grant from the KDSF Endowment Fund, to SABJE, to help families who are experiencing financial difficulty. These uncertain times underline the important role of the KDSF in ensuring the stability and sustainability of the King David Schools as a top academic institution with strong Jewish values at its heart. The donations from our donors make this possible and we deeply appreciate their continued support.

As at February 2020, total commitments to the Foundation had reached almost R300 million, with over R227 million of this collected and the balance in pledges. Understandably, due to the pressures wrought by COVID-19, these pledged amounts may change in the months going ahead. Looking back at the 2019 year pre COVID-19, the donor funds have also enabled the improvement of several facilities, with the Victory Park campus seeing major upgrades including 10 new classrooms, additional admin offices and a brand new art studio at the high school, as well as a complete renovation of the pre-primary school.

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