The most common mode of transport to both primary and secondary schools was to travel by foot. In 76.8 per cent of households in 2001, children walked to primary school while children in 69.6 per cent of households walked to secondary school. These fractions had barely changed by 2003, with 77.5 per cent and 71.2 per cent of households reporting that children in the household walked to primary and secondary school respectively (DoE, 2003) As has been seen, many children across South Africa walk to school. While this may, in many instances, be seen as beneficial to children, walking excessively long distances has a decidedly negative impact on children’s education and, more generally, their standard of living.
Consequently, children who have to walk more than five kilometres to school have been identified as a key concern. Provincially, the largest numbers of children walking more than five kilometres to school were to be found in the Eastern Cape (77 000) and KwaZulu-Natal (134 000). We rely on donors and in-kind contribution for the successful execution of this programme. Our research team is constantly compiling a list of schools in need of this kind of aid. Scholar Transport includes the following:
- School buses