Important considerations when starting a learning centre ... ... ...
Home school , micro school , learning centre , unregistered private school, low fee school and cottage school are all different terms that are used to refer to a new fast growing phenomenon in the South African educational environment. These are (mostly) small independent or private schools that are operated by a small group of entrepreneurs, parents, ex-teachers or volunteers. If you are interested in starting a learning centre, you can follow the steps below:
- Join the Pestalozzi Trust : According to art.29(3) of the constitution, everyone has the right to establish and maintain an independent educational institution that is registered with the state. Unfortunately provincial authorities make it difficult to register by requiring citizens to meet burdensome and illegal requirements. The Pestalozzi Trust will provide advise on how to handle the registration process and how to avoid conflict between the school and the authorities, so that you can focus on getting the learning centre started.
- Find a Curriculum Supplier : There are curriculum suppliers that provide educational material and support services to learning centres.