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Partners striving for COVID-19 relief during our Back to School for Mandela Day

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In light of our Back to School for Mandela Day initiative, the Foundation launched a three-month COVID-19 relief campaign for schools. The campaign called for Corporate South Africa to partner with the Foundation and donate towards its extensive menu of COVID-19 relief projects. The campaign focused on COVID-19 relief projects that included access to sanitation, digitalisation of classrooms, infrastructure refurbishment and food security to enable access and excellence in teaching and learning.

The Foundation was delighted to have ambassadors such as former Miss Universe, Zozibini Tuzini, current Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida, and musician and television personality Lindo Sithole assisting this campaign with much-needed traction. The campaign raised over six million rands, benefitting six schools. We would like to express our deep gratitude to our partners that came on board to support our COVID-19 relief initiatives.

These partners include Sasria, who supported four schools with various projects that included the construction of classrooms and ablution facilities, ICT and curriculum integration programmes that had digital boards and tablets for learners. Further, Sasria also supported a sanitation programme at two schools which included the implementation of handwashing facilities, sanitation packs and psychosocial support. Sandvik pledged their support to the construction of ablution facilities at Modilati Secondary School. Flight Centre Foundation, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Actis, Royal Haskoning and Agile Capital donated towards the refurbishments and digitalisation of a school library at Qhobosheane Primary School; and YFM contributed schoolbags and stationery to learners at Qhobosheane.

Curriculum Development in the foundation phase, as part of the Whole School Development model, aims to support educator development, including knowledge and implementation of developing literacy and numeracy skills in the classroom. 77 Foundation-phase educators from eight primary schools were trained to improve curriculum delivery in Grade R classrooms, with the aim of promoting numeracy and literacy; creating environments in the classroom that produce learners who understand and comprehend curricula outcomes.

Schools that received this training include Maiketso Primary School in Northwest, Nomnekane Primary School in Gauteng, Ntsoanatsatsi Public Primary School in Free State, Shwashweni Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal, Nkonkwana Junior Secondary in Eastern Cape School and Parkview Primary School in Western Cape are part of 30 schools supported by the Industrial Development Corporation.

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