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.