Message from the Executive Director: April 2014

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From celebrating excellence and building new schools to planning fundraising parties and volunteer days, we hope you enjoy the latest update from Adopt-a-School Foundation.

Adopt-a-School Foundation is demolishing three mud schools and building entire new schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal, as part of a project by the Department of Education to eradicate mud schools in South Africa. The project will include all the required infrastructure and social and skills development in accordance with our holistic development model. Phase one of the project will see the current structures demolished this month. View pictures of the existing schools here.

Also this month, the Kagiso Shanduka Trust will dig foundations for the first school buildings under our joint Free State schools project. Approximately 82 schools have undergone a Transformation Development Programme, otherwise known as a school retreat.  All schools requiring basic infrastructure will be prioritised. Schools that met and achieved performance targets are receiving incentive infrastructure facilities (science laboratories, libraries, computer centres).

Our three Lesotho schools continue to perform well under difficult teaching conditions. We have now installed security fences and have encouraged schools to plant vegetable gardens. Dr James Motlatsi recently donated R20 000 for three learners who achieved top results but could not afford their school fees.

The Foundation’s volunteer initiative, Back to School for a Day, will be held on Mandela Day, 18 July 2014. We will be offering programmes for our corporate partners as we honour Nelson Mandela and celebrate his life and passion for education.

Tickets for our annual Back to School Party have gone on sale. The party will be held on 18 October at the Sandton Convention Centre and we are looking forward to welcoming you to a truly unique fundraising experience. To book your table or seats please email Mmasa.

Finally I would like to thank Michael Edmeston for his contribution to our newly designed April newsletter. Enjoy!


Stephen Lebere
Executive Director

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