Deputy President Ramaphosa addressed back to school party

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On Saturday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a keynote address at the 8th back to school party, hosted by the Adopt a School Foundation in Johannesburg.

Deputy President Ramaphosa is the Chairman of the ‘Adopt a

School Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation that works in disadvantaged schools around South Africa. The purpose of the annual back to school party is to raise funds to improve and transform schools in various districts of South Africa.


The target for the 8th back to school party was to raise R5million for the development of schools. Those in attendance included many corporate companies and major stakeholders of the private sector such as MTN, Standard Bank, ABSA, Investec, Sanlam and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Before the Deputy President appeared to deliver his keynote address, a grade 7 pupil from the Olifantsvlei Primary School, one of the many schools under the foundation, expressed how he felt about the foundation by providing that the foundation has given him “Hope” and “Opportunity”.

 Ramaphosa began his address by expressing that the youth are the future leaders and that the foundation is taking strides to overcome the damage that apartheid has done to education,

“The foundation is taking large steps in order to produce confident, competent and bright young people and our future as a country looks immensely bright.  The Foundation does not only aim to build schools on brick and water, but aims to implement the development of every aspect of schooling”, said Ramaphosa.

 He further stated that the foundation has a strategic plan in place that involves schools with team building, leadership programmes, healthy environments, actively involved parents and highly skilled educators.

 “It is vital that educators are of a very high standard as it has the ability to impact very positively on students and induces them to want to go to school. Part of the plan is to provide free eye testing facilities in order to improve the sight of learners and subsequently make them more effective and attentive”,

 “Most important part of the strategic plan is the holistic development of schools, whereby dysfunctional schools are made into high performance institutes with facilities such as science labs, computer labs, libraries and sports fields. This will make better students that are happier and healthier”, he said.

 The foundation strives to address the inequalities and inadequacies in the rural and disadvantaged schools, in order to ensure positive learning experiences which will lead to greater opportunities for South Africa’s youth. The foundation aims to inspire both businesses and individuals in the private sector to invest effectively in education in South Africa through a model of whole school development.

“The foundation has made phenomenal progress and over 300 facilities have been built in 2014, whereas in 2007 only 40 facilities were built. However despite the success, the foundation wants to improve further and continue to transform schools significantly”, said Deputy President Ramaphosa.

“What happens in our classrooms today, determines what will happen in or country tomorrow” – Cyril Ramaphosa