This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation’s partner entity, Adopt-a-School. Established in 2002, Adopt-a-School, implements a Whole School Development model that aims at improving the governance, academic, infrastructural, social and security environment in schools. Adopt-a-School motivates the private sector to partner with it to develop optimally conducive teaching and learning environments. It works with the Department of Basic Education, service providers, and best practice NGOs to implement sustainable solutions to a school’s development and educational outcomes. Over the past 20 years, Adopt-a-School has adopted and improved the conditions of over 600 schools, created over 14 000 temporary jobs through infrastructure development, and reached over one million learners and other school community beneficiaries.

We celebrate Adopt-a-School’s steadfast commitment to supporting the creation and enhancement of a conducive learning and teaching environment in disadvantaged schools and look forward to many more years of changing schools and changing lives.