20 Year Celebration

This year marks our 20th years anniversary. We are celebrating 20 years of transforming education, and positively changing schools and lives in communities across South Africa. We celebrate 20 years of building an inclusive society through education. Through the implementation of our Whole School Development (WSD) model, we have developed schools in leadership, infrastructure, curriculum and social welfare.

AAS 20 year celebration internal launch video timelines and storyboard

1999
Cyril Ramaphosa was contacted by his former primary school, Tshilidzi Primary School to provide a donation of a fax machine. Upon the donation at the school, he realises much more is needed than the fax machine.
2001
Shanduka Group is formed.
2004
8 schools are under adoption. Shanduka Foundation is formally established.
2006
MTN installs multimedia computer centres in ten adopted schools. Inaugural Annual Report for Adopt-a-School Foundation with 26 schools under adoption. AAS is nominated as a beneficiary by the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation. AASF hosts its first Golf Day Fundraiser.
2008
AASF hosts its first Learner Awards Ceremony. AASF hosts its 3rd Golf Day at Sun City. AASF adopts its 58th school. Adopt-a-School builds a brand-new school - Banksdrift High School in Northern Cape in partnership with Investec and the Northern Cape Department of Education.
2010
Adopt-a-School Foundation launches an annual Essay and Art competition for its adopted schools.
2012
AAS turns 10 years. AAS adopts its 139th school. Launch of a brand new school in Barberton, built by AAS – Fairview Primary School. Adopt-a-School Foundation pilots its Back to School for a Day initiative which encourages corporate South Africans to go back to school and spend a day with young learners. Adopt-a-School Foundation adopts its first school in Mozambique, in partnership with Aggreko and Shanduka Group. Adopt-a-School Foundation, with Dr James Motlatsi, adopt three primary schools in Lesotho. Yvonne Themba Climbs Kilimanjaro and raises R90 000 for the Foundation.
2014
AAS adopts 185 schools excluding KST KST launches its infrastructure project Third Back to School for a Day held on Mandela Day
2016
AAS held the 10th Back to School Party.
2018
Launch of the audiology programme. Formulation of the AAS in-house School Leadership Programme. A Billion rand invested milestone. A million learners reached – a milestone. IDC extends its programme with an additional 3 years in the 30 schools.
2020
COVID-19 relief interventions to support schools that have been impacted by the pandemic SACE and SETA-accreditation of School Leadership Advancement Programme First AAS Fundraising Dinner hosted, in lieu of Back to School Party Four ablution structures-built structures were built through the Presidential Golf Challenge and in line with the SAFE Initiative, to eradicate pit ablutions funded by CRF. (Schools are, Rode Senior Secondary School, Ixopo Junior Secondary School, Mandleni Junior Secondary School and Mpucuko Primary School).
2022
African Bank adopts an additional 7 schools in Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KZN. Anglo American South Africa Education Programme project implements infrastructure renovations in 31 schools. IDC programme in the 30 schools is concluded. One ablution structure was built through the Presidential Golf Challenge and SAFE Initiative. (Schools is: Nongamlana High School)
2000
Cyril Ramaphosa rallies support for Tshilidzi Primary School, and the school is adopted and given support by Johnnic and Goldfields.
2002
Adopt-a-School Foundation is officially established. Founding board members, Cyril Ramaphosa, Dr James Mtlatsi, Ntjantja Ned, Donne Nicol, Helena Dolny, Sydney Seolonyane, Griffith Zabala, Themba James Maseko and Zanele Mbere.
2005
Olifantsvlei Primary School is adopted through the Shanduka Foundation. Shanduka Foundation partners with Kaelo in Mount Ayliff at Dutyini Primary School, through Adopt-a-School Foundation.
2007
The first Back to School Party fundraiser is held. AASF adopts its 44th school.
2009
Adopt a school starts to implement skills and social development programme creating a new implementation Model called Whole School Development. Lafarge Education Trust adopts 11 schools in Bodibe Village, North West. AASF now has 85 schools under its adoption Programme. Adopt-a-School Foundation and Lafarge partner with Dreamfields to bring Soccer Dream Leagues to Bodibe schools.
2011
Lafarge Education Trust adopts 26 schools in the Mzimela District- KwaZulu-Natal. Adopt-a-School Foundation adopts its 100th school. 1000 guests attend the 5th Back to School Party. Adopt-a-School Foundation runs its first Social Welfare Campaign with Home Affairs to bring important social services to disadvantaged learners and their families.
2013
IDC adopts 20 schools throughout the country. AAS hosts its first international fundraiser held in London - raises over R5.2 million. Shanduka Foundation partners with Kagiso Trust to form the Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST), which partners with the Free State Department of Education to implement AAS Whole School Development at the district level and the Beyers Naude model in 428 schools in the Free State Province. AAS and its schools participate in One Young World. AASF adopts 171 schools – excluding KST.
2015
Second international fundraiser held in London - raises over R5.7 million. IDC further adopt 10 additional primary schools.
2017
Launch of the Health, Sanitation, and Sexual Education Programme. Launch of the Thari Programme in September 2017, a multi-sectoral programme that supports women and children in Botshabelo and Diepsloot.
2019
Launched 3 newly built schools in KZN in partnership with DBE Pilot of green-building technology and innovative design projects at four schools. (Fortune Kunene Primary School in Mpumalanga- four classrooms Construction with light facing windows and sensor lights, Welabasha Secondary School, in KwaZulu-Natal-waterless system on an ablution block, Sewali Senior Secondary School in l-ablution block with a low flush system, Qhobosheane Primary School in Gauteng -Construction of feeding scheme kitchen with solar panels, Ditsepu Secondary School in Limpopo- four classrooms Construction with light facing windows and sensor lights) Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is nominated as a beneficiary of the Presidential Golf Challenge and the Adopt-a-School Foundation is assigned to implement infrastructure projects - Four structures-built structures were built through the Presidential Golf Challenge, funded by CRF. (Construction of three classrooms at Ditsepu Secondary School in Limpopo, Feeding Scheme Kitchen at Motshegofadiwa Primary School in Gauteng and ablution facility at Rode Secondary School in Eastern Cape).
2021
Three ablution structures-built structures were built through the Presidential Golf Challenge and in line with the SAFE Initiative, to eradicate pit ablutions. (Schools are: Madikoti Putsoa Primary School, Bodutlulo Primary School and Tlouatiba Primary School. Launched an efficient hygiene handwashing stations. Anglo American South Africa Education Programme project implements infrastructure renovations in 15 schools. Appointment of Trustees for the establishment of UK entity.

The past 20 years have been quite a journey for us. We are thrilled with our impact over the years and our long-term, holistic model Whole School Development model has addressed some of the many challenges facing our school communities. Our model has continued to evolve over time; based on our learnings, our experience and best practices within the sector. We have been empowered by the relationships we have with our strategic partners, including the Department of Basic Education; with whom we continue to work within the delivery of our programmes in schools.  Further, our work would not be possible without the support, commitment and passion of our donors. Partnerships with donors have allowed us to enhance the delivery of Whole School Development. We worked with and continue to work with a range of companies across South Africa; together we are driven by the desire to create a dynamic, transformed and accessible schooling environments that produces capable global citizens to meet the developmental needs of our country. 

Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary by participating in either of the below campaigns.

Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary by participating in the below campaigns

“Happy 20th Anniversary Adopt-a-School Foundation! I’m very proud of all the amazing accomplishments and achievements that the Foundation has made over this period in transforming the lives of many young people in South Africa. The story of Adopt-a-School is highly remarkable and inspiring. Over the years, the Foundation has continued to grow from strength to strength and its impact on its beneficiaries has been profound and long-lasting. It’s been a privilege to be part of the Foundation’s history and a pleasure to work with various teams on projects. I wish AAS Foundation the very best and many more years ahead as it continues on its journey of changing schools and changing lives.” Fungai Muteke, Research Analyst - Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.
“In developing small businesses at Black Umbrellas, we see the difference quality education makes to the potential of a business owner to create a sustainable business which generates employment.  The Whole School Development model implemented by Adopt-a-School plays a vital role in assisting learners and schools who do not have access to adequate resources, inhibiting their ability to reach their true potential. I’m continually inspired by the Adopt-a-School team's passion and commitment, who continually strive to make a difference and their donors who make all of this possible.  Congratulations on 20 years of incredible impact and excited to see what the next 20 years will bring.” Mark Frankel, Chief Executive Officer – Black umbrellas
“Wow, 20 years of touching so many hearts and building a Legacy. In my five years with Adopt-a- School Foundation, I have experienced overwhelming heart-touching events. We have worked with like-minded corporate companies to impact schools, students, teachers and communities. I am proud to call myself an Adopt-a-School Foundation staff member, my hands have held many little hands at various Mandela day events and their imprints have stayed on my heart forever. Adopt-a-School Foundation is a great brand that will grow and impact many more schools. Congratulations Adopt-a-School Foundation on 20 years of touching Thousands of Hearts.” Lynn Ah shene, Executive Assistant- Adopt-a-School Foundation.
“Congratulations to AAS on its 20-year celebration. What a milestone! AAS is an excellent example of a business community coming together to get involved in the school community and give it tools to significantly raise its outcomes. Well done to the entire AAS community that has made this happen. That includes a host of contributors, including the board, funders, educators and all school officials, wonderful learners and parents, government partners, programme service providers and AAS staff. Over 1.4 million learners have benefitted from the work of AAS, which is quite remarkable!” Melanie Spencer, Chief Operations Officer - Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.
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