Message from the Executive Director – March 2019

Welcome to our first newsletter for the year!  We trust you will enjoy it and appreciate some of our milestones achieved in the first quarter. As always, we’ve hit the ground running. Many of our projects are underway and we have hosted a couple of exciting events. We started the year on a celebratory note as we have succeeded in achieving the targeted pass rate, with 84% matric pass rate in our adopted schools.

On the 13 of February, we hosted our very first Love-a-School Comedy evening and our first media launch for the kili4kids campaign. The campaign was created to generate awareness and raise R1.4 million rand to construct a library, inclusive of resources and librarian training for Qhobosheane Primary school in Diepkloof, Soweto. Fourteen kili4kids climbers embarked on climbing Kilimanjaro, with nine reaching Uhuru Peak, flying the AAS and Flight Centre Foundation flag on the highest peak in Africa.

On the 21st March2019, South Africa celebrated Human Rights Day.  I would like to acknowledge all of us who are actively involved in bringing one of the most fundamental of all human rights, education, to all those we serve.  Education is essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits.

This year, the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation celebrates its 15th year anniversary and we look forward to a series of events that commemorate this big milestone. AAS has developed a new vision, mission and strategic objectives to maximise the success of our model and initiatives. Please click here to read.

2019 is going to be another busy and fruitful year.  We appreciate all our existing partners and donors, our work would not be possible without you. We also look forward to more partnerships, new projects and donors coming on board this year to ensure we continue to build centres of excellence for every child in South Africa.  I encourage you to visit the schools on our waiting list who require your assistance. Click here to see the schools profiles. We will also be hosting our Back to School for Day again this year in commemorating Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July, watch the space for more details or get in touch with our Events Manager should you wish to plan it in advance. Click here to email ethel.