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Adopt-a-School Foundation Essay Competition Winners 2017

Essay Competition Adopt-a-School Foundation runs an annual essay competition for all of the schools under its adoption programme. The competition aims to encourage learners to think creatively, express their views and opinions and share their personal experiences. Foundation Phase Winner Motshidisi Letsela Grade 3b Semomotela Primary School Free State My Favourite Season My favourite season […]

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Career Guidance in Diepsloot

On Friday 4th August, Adopt-a-School Foundation hosted a career expo in Diepsloot in partnership with Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation as part of its work in coordinating the stakeholder collaboration network in that community. Adopt-a-School’s work in schools often reveals greater underlying social issues affecting the community, including chronic unemployment and the disempowerment of women and children. […]

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CHILD HEALTH MONTH AUGUST 2017

Nearly three quarters of South African children living with disabilities are currently not in school.* As we observe Child Health Month this August, Adopt-a-School Foundation (AAS) urges all stakeholders to work together to develop strategies to support and educate these marginalised learners. “Schools in disadvantaged communities face many challenges.  They are very seldom able to […]

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Back to School for a Day on Mandela Day 2017

On 18 July 2017 Adopt-a-School hosted the Back to School for a Day Collective at Bathabile Primary School in Olievenhoutbosch. Bathabile Primary School is a quintile 1 (no-fee paying) school with 1 446 registered learners and no permanent infrastructure. Our Mandela Day activities were structured around Adopt-a-School’s holistic Whole School Development model and addresses issues related to: […]

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Public private partnership invests over R12 million in Eastern Cape schools

“The IDC’s priority when it comes to our CSI investment is in education. Through our partnership with Adopt-a-School we have been able to make a difference in the lives of young South Africans in the Eastern Cape. We have room to still do much more and we will continue to invest in schools as we […]

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Improved education is ineffective if children are neglected, abused or exploited

As we observed Child Protection Week from 27 May to 02 June, the Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation called upon government, NGOs and civil society to combine their efforts to protect vulnerable children against neglect, abuse and exploitation. Unless children are properly nurtured and protected from harm, no amount of improvement to schooling will yield better educational […]

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Shwashweni Primary School Magazine

The learners of Shwashweni Primary School have produced their first annual magazine!  This magazine has been conceptualised, designed, written and edited by the learners themselves.  The initiative is part of an English Literacy programme facilitated by Mine is Education.   Shwashweni Primary School is located in the Patane community in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. View the magazine […]

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School Health Week

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Private – Public collaborations for the upliftment of underprivileged schools

On 10 March 2017,Industrial Development Corporation celebrated five fruitful years of partnership with Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation and the Department of Education at an event in Bushbuckridge. The three schools in Mpumalanga adopted by the IDC have improved their annual pass rates by an average of 20 percentage points, giving thousands of underprivileged learners educational opportunities […]

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School Health Week linked to the fight against poverty and unemployment

Since 2011, National School Health Week (04 – 08 March), has brought focus to healthcare at schools in areas which lack adequate access to these services. Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation partners with civil society, corporate South Africa and the Department of Education to implement programmes tackling a wide range of health issues, from sanitation to sexual […]

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2016 matric achievements – special report

We are proud to share the accomplishments of our learners who have risen above difficult circumstances to shine in their matric results. With the support of the private sector, for the past 15 years, Adopt-a-School Foundation has partnered with over 600 rural and township schools in some of South Africa’s most marginalised communities. Once a […]

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Collaborative Transformation in Education shows real results

Mining CSI 2017 In the past 14 years, Adopt-a-School Foundation has worked tirelessly to make significant strides in improving access to quality education and uplifting communities in South Africa. In October 2016, Cyril Ramaphosa, founder and chairperson of Adopt-a-School Foundation, hosted 1 000 people under one roof, in what has become one of the biggest […]

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Buyisiwe Singwayo, Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

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Mashadi Kekana, Welfare Programme Intern

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Cassandra Pireu, Fundraising Officer

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Precious Serakalala, Creditors Clerk

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Zaheer Ismail, Senior Accountant

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Tseleng Lebelo, Skills and Social Development, Social Worker and Programme Manager

Programme Manager

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School readiness for parents: Are parents ready for their children to start school?

By Andisiwe Hlungwane A lot of emphasis is placed on the school readiness of learners in South Africa, with some schools assessing children’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual development to assess whether they are ready to embark on their formal school careers. This concept of school readiness brings with it a key assumption made about […]

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The Back to School Party celebrates its 10th year and so much more…

On Saturday 29 October, Adopt-a-School Foundation hosted 1 000 people together under one roof, in what has become one of the biggest events on South Africa’s CSI calendar; the Back to School Party. Guests, dressed in school uniform, pledged generously towards the work of the Foundation and over R4.5 million was raised on the night.  […]

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Adopt-a-School reaches over 11 000 learners in a programme to curb teenage pregnancy

Adopt-a-School Foundation is committed to addressing the social challenges preventing learners from accessing and fully utilizing the opportunities available through basic education.  In recent years, South Africa has experienced an alarming rise in teenage pregnancy, coupled with an already high level of teenage STI transmissions, HIV/Aids infection rates and female learner dropout due to issues […]

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Message from the Executive Director: June 2016

Another exciting few months have passed and I’m delighted to share some of our latest news with you. On 24 June 2016, Adopt-a-School Foundation held its first ever fundraising gala dinner in Durban. The event, sponsored by Sibaya Community Trust and hosted by our Chairman Cyril Ramaphosa, raised over R5 million for 2016 and a […]

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Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative Project Update

Adopt-a-School Foundation has been working with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Basic Education’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI) to upgrade and rebuild three schools in the rural Amajuba District, that had previously been built from inadequate materials such as mud. This project, which aims to transform these three schools in to centres of excellence in […]

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Early Childhood Development needs: Education Week

EduWeek is the largest and most recognised African education event and was held from 29 – 30 June at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This year’s theme was “Education for Sustainable Development”. We were proud to have Banyana Mohajane, our Head of Department: Social and Skills Development address the conference on Early Childhood Development needs […]

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Pencil in education on Mandela Day – and improve the prospects of South Africa’s learners

Studying is never straightforward for pupils of Mzomhle Senior Secondary School. Before hitting the books, the hundreds of learners and their teachers must first engage in a complicated dance of who will take the textbook home. That’s because the school – located in the township of Mdantsane situated between East London and King William’s Town […]

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ETC Solutions

ETC Solutions

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PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers has once again provided the Foundation with a significant discount in the auditing of our Annual Financial Statements.

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Sasria

Sasria

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Qhubeka Foundation

Qhubeka Foundation

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Saint Gobain

Saint Gobain construction company partnered with Adopt-a-School Foundation to implement special education-focused campaigns in celebration of their 350th anniversary

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Capitec Colour Run

Capitec Bank donates R10 from every race ticket sold to support resources for an adopted school in each area the race visits.

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Jabulile Soko, Junior Bookkeeper

Junior Bookkeeper

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Supporting teenage girls through puberty

In an effort to address the lack of health and sanitation awareness in our schools, Adopt-a-School Foundation has designed a sustainable and holistic programme to address some of these critical issues facing our learners.  At its Back to School fundraising party in 2015, over R700 000 was raised to launch this project.  This project will run […]

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The ASIDI Brief Volume 12

The ASIDI programme is a transformative initiative whose impact will endure for years to come. The programme is helping to restore dignity to rural and urban under-privileged education. Adopt-a-School Foundation has been working with the Department of Basic Education in KwaZulu-Natal since 2014 to rebuild Lembe, Enhlanhleni and Ingweniphaphama Primary Schools as part of the national plan […]

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Adopt-a-School profiles its star matriculants

Pupils from schools supported by education NGO Adopt-a-School Foundation, shine in their 2015 matric examinations, rising above the difficult circumstances in their social and schooling environments. read more  

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A new science laboratory for Ngwathe Secondary School

On 17 October 2015, Adopt-a-School and the IDC, together with the MEC for Education in the Free State, officially handed over a fully resourced science lab to Ngwathe Secondary School, in the township of Ngwathe near Kroonstad. This investment is part of a continued effort by Adopt-a-School Foundation and the IDC to transform the education […]

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10 years of Whole School Development

In August, Adopt-a-School Foundation celebrated 10 years of Whole School Development at Olifantsvlei Primary School with the Shanduka Group and staff.  Deputy Minister of Education, Enver Surty attended the occasion which recognised the transformation of this former farm school into a fully resourced school catering for the Eikenhof communities in the South of Johannesburg. Shanduka […]

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Message from the Executive Director: November 2015

Welcome to the last Adopt-a-School Foundation newsletter for 2015. It has been an eventful year for Adopt-a-School and we hope you have enjoyed sharing our journey with us. As we start to wind down and complete our current projects, our thoughts and best wishes are with all of our learners writing their end of year […]

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10 Years of Whole School Development – Olifantsvlei Primary School

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Back to School Party raises nearly R3.5 million for schools

On 12th September, our Chairperson, Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed over 800 guests, all dressed in their school uniforms to our ninth annual Back to School party held at Sandown High School in Sandton. This was the first time, Adopt-a-School Foundation, hosted its infamous party on school grounds – and it was a wonderful opportunity to support […]

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Global Dignity Day: Every human has the right to live a dignified life

On 21 October, over 65 countries around the globe participated in Global Dignity activities as part of a movement that aims to nurture a sense of dignity in young people around the world – encouraging them to both live a dignified life and help others to lead a dignified lives. Phuti Mahanyele, CEO of Shanduka […]

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Visual Support Programme brings classrooms back into focus

This year, Adopt-a-School Foundation and Dr Dire Thomas travelled to various rural communities in South Africa and Lesotho to fit spectacles to over 5000 learners in 32 schools under our adoption programme. Most of these children have never had the opportunity to visit an optometrist or access to medical attention of this nature and is […]

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Eric Ratshikhopha

Eric Ratshikhopha Retired former executive Director Xstrata SA

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Andisiwe Hlungwane, Social and Skills Development Programme Manager

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Nanjali Lungu, Social and Skills Development Programme Administrator

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Zibusiso Ntini, Social and Skills Development Programme Manager

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Lerato Mogari, Monitoring and Evaluations Officer

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BACK TO SCHOOL CONTRIBUTES TO NATIONAL LITERACY MONTH

The Adopt-a-School Foundation’s annual Back-to-School party donates books to school children. 1 October 2015 – Libraries at Matlaba Primary School and Mokakana Primary School in the Bodibe village in the North West Province and Modilati Secondary School in Hammanskraal, Gauteng, will have their libraries furnished with books from some of the country’s greatest leaders. Captains […]

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Back to School Party 2015

The 9th annual Back to School Party held at the Sandown High School to raise funds for the Adopt-a-School Foundation

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