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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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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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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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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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Creative gazettes for Adopted High Schools

Four adopted high schools namely, Eketsang High School, Glen Cowie Secondary School, Siwali High School and Mariazell High School have engaged in a programme that encourages learners to improve their use of English. In this programme, learners write, design, edit and use all creative elements available to produce a quarterly gazette. The service provider, Mine […]

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Architecture for Social Gain

Construction company, Saint-Gobain, has partnered with Adopt-a-School Foundation to implement special education-focused campaigns in celebration of their 350th anniversary. In addition to infrastructure development for three schools on the outskirts of Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, the main element of the celebrations include The Architecture for Social Gain Awards. This competition aimed to recognise and […]

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Mobile optometry clinics to rural schools

In July, Adopt-a-School Foundation and Doctor Dire Thomas facilitated a visual support programme at Maiketso Primary School situated in the rural outskirts of Taung, Northwest. Maiketso Primary School is one of the nine primary schools adopted in 2014 by the Industrial Development Corporation. There is little access to social welfare and health care services in […]

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Adopt-a-School Foundation and partners plant a vegetable garden for Mandela Day

On 24th July, Adopt-a-School was joined by executives from DRA, Mondi Group, Shanduka Black Umbrellas and Shanduka Foundation to plant a vegetable garden at Tshilidzi Primary School in support of Back to School for a Day for Mandela Day. Together with environmental NGO, Green Beings, we installed a 12m x 5m titanium shade net tunnel. […]

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A new purpose for The Color Run

Adopt-a-School Foundation is proud to announce its partnership with Capitec Bank, the headline sponsor of The Color Run in South Africa. The race takes part in ten towns in seven provinces across South Africa and Capitec is donating R10 from every race ticket sold to resources for one of our adopted schools in these areas. […]

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Lafarge Education Trust Awards for Excellence in Education

In July, Adopt-a-School and Lafarge Education Trust hosted an awards ceremony across the 39 adopted schools in the Mzimela Disctrict in KZN and the Bodibe Village in North West to celebrate hard work and give recognition to learners and educators who have shown commitment and excellence in their work. The awards ceremony recognizes those who […]

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Free State Department of Education and Kagiso Shanduka Trust host the first Back to School Party in Bloemfontein

On 2 July, 400 guests, dressed in school uniforms, attended the inaugural Bloemfontein Back to School fundraising dinner in support of education foundation, Kagiso Shanduka Trust. The event took place at the Emoya Estate and was hosted by Deputy President and Shanduka Foundation Chairperson, Cyril Ramaphosa, Free State Premier Ace Magashule, Free State MEC for […]

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Message from the Director: August 2015

Another exciting few months have passed and I’m delighted to share some of our latest news with you. We held our annual Back to School for a Day for Mandela Day in the month of July. Over 40 companies and their staff went above and beyond the 67 minutes in honour of Madiba by dedicating […]

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Capitec Bank partners with Adopt-a-School to bring purpose to The Color Run

The happiest 5K on earth to help schools across South Africa The #CapitecColorRun takes a turn in Durban on 12 July Capitec Bank brings The Color Run joy to runners and the children in their communities 02 July 2015 – Capitec Bank, the headline sponsor of The Color Run in South Africa, has announced that […]

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Global multinationals support South African education drive

Thursday, 28 May 2015. Global multinationals and individual sponsors came out in support of South African education NGO Adopt-a-School Foundation, at a fundraising event hosted in London last night by South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. The exclusive dinner is the second to be held in London and saw some 250 guests and sponsors raising […]

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Back to School Party 2015 – Putting the FUN into Fundraising!

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Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day

For the second year running, Adopt-a-School Foundation has partnered with Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative to pair participating corporates with schools from our database. On 28 May over 800 girls from 38 schools are benefitting from this initiative, which is in its 10th year. A further 11 girls from adopted schools in […]

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Every Child Deserves a Dictionary Campaign

Adopt-a-School Foundation is a proud beneficiary of the Oxford University Press ‘Every Child Deserves a Dictionary’ campaign which will see 20 000 dictionaries donated to adopted schools across South Africa. The campaign aims to create awareness around the value of education and language. To date, 10 000 dictionaries have been distributed to schools in five provinces. […]

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Saint Gobain Architecture competition

Construction company Saint-Gobain are celebrating 350 years of providing innovative solutions in 64 countries across the globe. Their celebrations have a specific focus on education and aim to use the company’s expertise to assist disadvantaged communities. Two key projects include the Adopt-a-School Foundation initiative to improve educational habitats in three schools in KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng and […]

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New spectacles bring the classroom back into focus.

In March Adopt-a-School Foundation and Dr Dire Thomas, travelled to Lesotho to fit spectacles to 26 children from four schools in the Morifi Village, about four hours south of Maseru. Children in this village have never had access to this type of medical care and without our intervention, may never have had the opportunity to […]

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Hands Up for Education: Back to School for a Day on Mandela Day

Join Adopt-a-School Foundation and go Back to School for a Day on Mandela Day to make a difference in a school. This is an opportunity to engage in a truly meaningful Mandela Day by sharing your time and resources in supporting a disadvantaged school. How to sign up? Step 1:  Visit www.adoptaschool.org.za/get-involved/backtoschoolforaday/ and click on Get […]

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Message from the Executive Director: May 2015

Welcome On the 28th of May, Adopt-a-School Foundation held its second fundraiser in London. The event, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and hosted by our chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa, raised in excess of R5 million. Over 250 individuals from multinational organisations supported us and guests included the recently crowned Miss World, Rolene Strauss, the SA […]

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Back to School Party London 2015

On 28 May 2015, Adopt-a-School hosted its second international fundraising dinner in London.  The event was sponsored by Merrill Lynch and supported by the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.  Over R45 million was raised for our work.

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This year Saint-Gobain looks to the future as they celebrate their 350 year anniversary

                                                                  ENTER HERE Johannesburg, March 2015 – Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, this year celebrates 350 years of […]

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A new pair of spectacles to bring the classroom back into focus

In March Adopt-a-School Foundation and Dr Dire Thomas, travelled to Lesotho to fit spectacles to 26 children from four schools in the Morifi Village, about four hours south of Maseru, Lesotho’s capital city, on the Free State border. The children in this village have never had access to this type of medial care and without […]

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Adopt-a-School Foundation matric learners shine

  Fortunate Rangwaneni from Tshivase Secondary School in Vhembe, Limpopo achieved seven distinctions in her matric year. She grew up in the Mbilwi Village some two hours from Vhembe and she would wake up at midnight to study before getting ready to catch her 5am transport to school. Shanduka Foundation’s Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust has […]

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Kagiso Shanduka Trust hands over completed infrastructure

On 7 February, Kagiso Shanduka Trust and the Free State Department of Education hosted a schools infrastructure launch event in Kroonstad showcasing the success of the public/private sector collaborative partnership which is fast tracking education development in the Free State. The partnership handed over a fully resourced library to Thakameso Combined School, three classrooms and […]

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Emjindini Secondary School project launch

On 16 January, Adopt-a-School Foundation handed over a fully equipped science laboratory to Emjindini Secondary School in Barberton, Mpumalanga. This is part of the first phase of a five year adoption programme in partnership with Barberton Mines, a subsidiary of Pan African Resources. Phase two of the programme is underway and comprises of the demolition […]

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