The Adopt-a-School Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and has marked this milestone with a renewed commitment to continue improving education delivery to marginalised communities in South Africa.
Adopt-a-School, a non-profit organization that supports the creation and enhancement of a conducive learning and teaching environment in disadvantaged schools, uses the Whole School Development (WSD) model to address a myriad of challenges that schools are facing. Adopt-a-School works as a vehicle to bring in partners to resolve some of these challenges through the implementation of WSD, including leadership, curriculum, infrastructure, and social welfare development.
This week saw the handover of an ablution facility and four-classroom block at the Lot Phalatse Primary School at Hebron Village in Pretoria. Improving infrastructure in marginalised schools, which is an Adopt-a-School priority, was made possible by partnering with the South African Special Risk Insurance Association, Sasria. The non-life insurer that provides special risk cover to individuals and businesses that own assets in South Africa, Sasria first partnered with Adopt-a-School in 2013.
Sasria adopted Lot Phalatse in 2021. Since then, the primary school has been assisted on several projects, including supporting a health, sanitation, and sexuality education programme, infrastructure upgrades as well as help with technology.
Banyana Mohajane, Executive Programmes at the Foundation explains: “Having functional ablutions is a basic and fundamental right for learners. We were delighted to partner with Sasria, without them, these projects could have not been possible.”
Representatives from the Department of Basic Education, Sasria, and Adopt-a-School attended the ribbon-cutting and plaque unveiling ceremony.
Tshepiso Chocho, Executive Manager, People Management at Sasria SOC Ltd proudly expressed – “These projects require determination, patience and hard work, and at the end of completion, our children come out as winners. Through education, our country will prosper”.