This Mandela Day, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partner entity Adopt-a-School is running a collective campaign throughout July and August. The campaign encourages corporates and individuals to unite and support learners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adopt-a-School aims to ensure that no learner is left behind during this difficult time. It has developed a campaign aimed at supporting learners with both comorbidities and learners where schools have closed. Many of the schools (over 600 schools) supported by the Adopt-a-School, are in communities hardest hit by the pandemic. Challenges of connectivity, infrastructure, access to resources and data have impacted the ability of our learners to engage with online teaching and learning platforms.

Adopt-a-School has developed ICT support packs for learners. These packs include curriculum-loaded tablets, Covid-19 PPE, stationery and clothing to keep learners engaged and warm at home as they tackle their curricular. The foundation-phase packs include the same, with colouring-in books and early childhood development activities.

We are calling on all South Africans to purchase support packs for learners who cannot return to school, to provide them with all the resources they need to learn effectively at home.

To learn more or to take part in the Back to School for Mandela Day, visit: