The B.E.S.T journey from container to college

We were proud to be see our CSI partner, Basic Education and Skills Training (B.E.S.T) Centre celebrate a new chapter at their re-branding event this year. The second chance school, which provides education to marginalised young people who have fallen behind, or battle to cope in the mainstream education system, changed its name to B.E.S.T College to better represent the school’s offering – education.

The re-branding event highlighted the school’s success story and emphasised the need for an institute such as B.E.S.T College. Principal Mark Solomon took the opportunity to introduce the plans for the school, having identified additional needs highlighted by learners past and present.

The event was attended by those that have supported the school over the years as well as delegates from the Department of High Education. The keynote speaker, Valdi Van Reenen-Le Roux, Executive Director of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture,  said: “In order to live a sustainable life, we must find solutions to the challenges we face in life. We have witnessed how one institution with humble beginnings and a clear vision to address a particular challenge worked tirelessly to make that vision a reality. We at the Trauma Centre applaud Principal Mark Solomon, the board of trustees, staff members, parents and learners for the sheer tenacity it takes to realise such an ambitious and noble vision.”

Mark Solomon, principal of B.E.S.T College said: “We have come a long way over the past seventeen years. Our school launched in 1999 with only four registered learners, we were based in a welded shipping container and only had one permanent staff member. We now have over 160 registered learners every year and we are enormously proud of our eleven passionate teachers who are entirely committed to our cause. Our success has been made possible through the help of the Cape Youth Care, our board of directors and all the sponsors who have supported us over the years.”