OVER R102 million has been invested in 30 schools across the country as a result of a partnership between the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation.One of the rural schools in Matatiele, Zamokuhle Junior Secondary, has received a multimedia centre with a computer laboratory, audio centre and library as part of the initiative. The new facilities were revealed on November 1. The investment forms part of celebrating the progress of the five adopted schools in the Eastern Cape. The IDC has invested over R20 million in upgrading facilities at these schools, including the construction of a library in honour of the Nelson Mandela 100-year centenary. The five Eastern Cape schools supported by the partnership are: Siwali Secondary in Lusikisiki, Zamokuhle Junior Secondary in Matatiele, Maraizell Secondary in Matatiele, Tholang High School in Matatiele and Nkonkwana Primary in Willowvale. All the schools have received significant infrastructural support and training.“Through our partnership with Adopt-a-School, we have been able to improve the quality of education in selected schools and today we celebrate the success of our investment,” said Tebogo Molefe from the IDC, who was thrilled with the progress made at all the schools.Steven Lebere, the executive director at the Adopt-a-School Foundation, said the matric pass rate at the adopted schools has increased and called for business leaders to partner with them in supporting more schools. “Our partnership with the IDC in Eastern Cape has been exceptionally successful. Since 2012, we have constructed 15 new classrooms, a library, a science lab, an administration facility, two ablution facilities and renovated nine structures, including two science labs and six classrooms; and converted two classrooms into ICT centres,” said Lebere. Thabo Bilibane, the principal of Zamokuhle Junior Secondary, thanked all stakeholders for the support given to the school.