Shining the Spotlight on Top Achieving Schools – Issued by Adopt-A-School Foundation
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Shining the Spotlight on Top Achieving Schools – Issued by Adopt-A-School Foundation

January 23, 2020
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Following the release of the 2019 National Senior Certificate matric results, Adopt-a-School Foundation shines the spotlight on the success achieved through its Whole School Development (WSD) model. The model has helped deliver quality schooling to 609 underprivileged schools across the county through public and private partnerships.

Through the support of the Department of Basic Education and several committed corporate funders, Adopt-a-School Foundation has assisted numerous high schools in achieving their targeted matric results. Lodirile High School in Gauteng, Ngwathe Secondary School in the Free State, Hlahlindlela Secondary School, Ndukwenhle Secondary School and Welabasha High School in KwaZulu-Natal, Meriti Secondary School in the North West; are amongst the many adopted schools that have scooped numerous accolades at the release of the 2019 matric results. The accolades include an above 95% pass rate. Hlahlindlela Secondary School is one of Grindrod’s adopted schools.

In South Africa, socio-economic factors continue to be a significant source of educational inequality. Learners from rural and disadvantaged communities face many challenges that affect their schooling and academic performance. These challenges often include lack of resources, curriculum knowledge gaps, the lack of mentorship and factors that affect learner wellbeing. These are some of the challenges facing the Department of Basic Education (DBE). Adopt-a-School Foundation, an entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, supports the DBE in addressing these challenges through its holistic Whole School Development (WSD) model to disadvantaged schools across the country.

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