“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” These are the passionate words of Nobel Peace prize winner and liberation hero Nelson Mandela.
Madiba, as he is fondly known, will be celebrated internationally in July as it is his birthday month.
In the same month, The Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) is honoured to announce the hosting of the inaugural Back to School Party fundraising dinner in partnership with the Free State Department of Education (DoE).
The dinner aims to raise funds in support of the KST and Free State DoE schooling improvement project which was established two years ago to support educational transformation in 428 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo Districts.
Since inception, the partnership, which sees a pledged combined investment of ZAR400 million from Kagiso Trust, Shanduka Foundation and the Free State DoE, has resulted in the successful completion of 64 infrastructure projects with schools having received new and renovated classrooms, ablution facilities, libraries, media centres, science laboratories and kitchens.
Nearly 300 teachers are being supported through the curriculum development programme and 14 658 children have undergone eyesight testing with 522 having received free spectacles. It is envisaged that the school improvement project will eventually benefit over 70 000 learners in the province.
“The programme is about collaboration, harnessing the resources of stakeholders to achieve a meaningful and lasting impact on the whole education system. We are inviting other private entities to emulate Kagiso Trust and Shanduka by adding their resources, skills and expertise to further enhance the effectiveness of the programme,” Tate Makgoe, Free State Education MEC.
Now, your company can be a part of this developing success story of improving education in the Free State and have a bit of fun doing so. All your company needs to do is book a table or seat today, dress in your school uniform and enjoy a great night out with your hosts:
· Chairperson of the Shanduka Foundation and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
· Free State Premier Ace Magashule
· Free State MEC for Education Tate Makgoe
· Chairperson of the Kagiso Trust Frank Chikane
All this for just ZAR25 000 for a table of ten or ZAR2 500 for an individual seat, through which you can make a lasting positive contribution to education in the Free State.
The event takes place on 2 July at Eland Hall in Emoya Estate, Bloemfontein starting at 18:00 CAT.