10 June 2019, Komani, South Africa: Another tranche of bursary money has been released to the Queenstown Education Foundation (QEF) by the Johannesburg-based Education Endowment Fund (EEF), assisting the Foundation to attract and retain exceptional talent to a number of its Komani-based affiliate schools. Before its name change in 2016, Komani was known as Queenstown.
R77 000 in total has been awarded for equal disbursement to seven applicants from different grades who applied for a QEF bursary through a number of QEF’s affiliated schools: Queenstown Girls’ High School, Queen’s College Boys’ High School, Hoërskool Hangklip High School , Laerskool Hangklip and Balmoral Girls’ Primary School. The awarded bursaries of R11 000 each cover a large portion of these learners’ school fees. Each come from disadvantaged backgrounds and holds a record of extra-ordinary academic performance.
The bursary scheme sits among various programmes that QEF, now in its sixth year, employs to systematically transform the Eastern Cape town of Komani, formerly known as Queenstown, into a universally recognised centre of educational excellence. QEF- affiliated schools offer their learners the opportunity to gain excellent education within their own community and upon graduation, these individuals become assets to the community that helped shaped them.
The EEF, a non-profit company, manages and distributes monies raised by, among other things, its fund raising event, the 1965Ride, an 850km cycle tour between Johannesburg and Komani. EEF’s aim is to support, enhance and develop education throughout South Africa, with the Komani / Queenstown region close to its heart.