Tiger kloof Educational Institution

Tigerkloof had its origins in the Moffat Institute at Kuruman, part of the endeavors of the London Missionary Society in that part of South Africa. When the Moffat Institution closed, it was reincarnated in 1905, as the Tigerkloof Institution, situated south of vryburg. Tigerkloof was a high school, teachers’ training collage, Bible College and trade school all rolled into one.
The introduction of Bantu Education and the Group Areas Act under Apartheid during the 1950s however, sounds the death knell for the London Missionary Society’s educational efforts here and in the Northern Cape. Tigerkloof was closed down, but not before its pupils had risen up in protest at the new legislation.
In the late 1980s Provincial Heritage Site status was given to the empty shell of the abandoned Tiger Kloof Institute. Built in 1904, and describe as a “Symphony in stone”, Tigerkloof has since been restored and re-opened as a school. 

Tiger Kloof Quotes

“The difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is that little extra”

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, awaken yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Tigerkloof : Stronger than ever

South Africa’s educational system was rated as the worst in the world in many criteria. About 28% of Tigerkloof school girls had HIV and AIDS, and the worst part was, less than a third of the children lived with their parents. Tigerkloof is striving to do what has been done before, the production of better leaders for the next generation to come, leaders who will lead better and more powerfully while holding firmly the values of that they have learned in Tigerkloof.
In September 2015, Tigerkloof had a very unique reception in Gaborone for those who were once Tigerkloof students and ex-president Sir Quette Masire took control. He said that his generation at Tigerkloof always held onto what they were taught by the missionaries. Botswana is now too, one of the most stable and successful countries in past-colonial Africa. “One day”, he said, “Botswana will build a memorial to Tigerkloof.” These were wisely spoken words.
This had been planned and practiced to be the vision for the future. There was a time whereby the staff of Tigerkloof was told that Tigerkloof is to be like the mustard tree in parable of Jesus. Everything starts small before it could bloom into a beautiful, blossoming garden plant, nevertheless, all sorts of animals are more than welcome to come and refresh themselves in the shade and branches.

-Adapted from 2015 TK yearbook by Babalwa Nyakombi

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