“We did not have proper school buildings. We were accommodated in an old house, garages and chrches of the community. Our tribal authority built us shacks at the school site and those were our classrooms. Adopt-a-School started building us a school in 2009. In 2010 we moved into seven classrooms and in 2011, the other classes moved into three new classrooms. I thank God who sent us Adopt-a-School in Bodibe village.”

– Grade 6 learner, Molekane Primary School, North West

“I don’t want to wait for tomorrow to do my work because tomorrow may never come, my dreams and my future are my responsibility”

– Grade 9 learner, Vingerkraal Secondary School, Limpopo

“I know life is nothing but a cycle of choices. My choices will be the judge for my dreams and future. Being a successful advocate starts today. Decisions I take today will reflect on my bright future. I am not yet in charge of the country but I am in charge of me”

– Grade 11 learner, Pace Commercial Secondary School, Gauteng

“My wish is to help the HIV/AIDS orphans. When I have fulfilled my dream of being famous and have a lot of money, I will build an orphanage in my area where there are a lot of orphans. I know that they also have dreams and I will help them to fulfil their dreams and prove that even if they are orphans, they have talents too and tomorrow they can be something. South Africa, here I come, watch me, I am a dreamer!”

– Grade 7 learner Enlovini Primary School, KZN

“After a while we started seeing movement of workers renovating classrooms, replacing broken windows and doors, it was like I was dreaming. The most important thing is our new fence. I know all the other work is important, but the fence protects our school. Adopt-a-School means a lot to me. I now have a clean and safe school.”

– Grade 6 learner, Rhenosterkloof Primary School, Limpopo

“My granny helps me with my homework and my aunt teaches me how to read and count. I never go to bed without visiting my books.”

– Grade 3 learner, Molekane Primary School, North West

“My current goal is to graduate from high school with high grades and learn as much as I can to prepare myself for college. My intentions on becoming a doctor are rooted in that I want to help many people in my country.”

– Grade 7 learner, Bodibe Middle School, North West

“Gone are the days where people would claim poverty for not achieving anything in life. When we have organisations like Adopt-a-School, the sky is the limit. Learners can achieve a lot in life with their support provided they work hard to obtain good results. Good results attract sponsors. The Back to School for a Day helped learners to be exposed to different career choices. It maps a way forward for learners as they mingle with professional people for a day so that they can have a realistic vision”

– HOD Languages, Emadwaleni High School, Gauteng