Oct 2011

Adopt a school: Change a life

Written by Neo Semono
The adoption of schools can help to create better environments for teaching, which will lead to more positive learning experiences. This can change learners’ attitudes towards learning, which, in turn, will change their communities and the world in which they live.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with Memezelo High School Principal Prince Maluleke, Alexander Forbes Group Chief Executive Edward Kieswetter and learners of Memezelo High School.The Adopt-a-School programme is part of Government’s Basic Education Accord signed in July. The accord is a partnership between business, government, labour and communities.

“The greatest gift that anyone can give a nation is to educate its children,” said Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the adoption of Memezelo Secondary School in Soshanguve.

“By educating people, we give them tools to understand their world and the ability to change it.” – Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
Meaningful contribution

The insurance company Alexander Forbes adopted Memezelo Secondary School in August as part of the the Adopt-a-School Programme. By  doing so, the company is making a meaningful contribution to education, Motlanthe said.  “The commitment by Alexander Forbes in adopting a school will go a long way towards improving the quality of education. By educating people, we give them tools to understand their world and the ability to change it.”

Alexander Forbes group chief executive Edward Kieswetter said they were working with the school to look at ways in which the company could help to improve conditions at the school.

Enhance performance

The main aim is to create an environment which will enhance the overall performance of the school to benefit learning and teaching.

Kieswetter will also work closely with the school’s principal Prince Maluleke to equip learners with leadership and wealth management skills. In addition, the company will help the school to manage HIV and AIDS.

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