Ramaphosa, companies 'adopt' schools

2013-05-17 17:51
Cyril Ramaphosa, Ahmed Kathrada

Cyril Ramaphosa, Ahmed Kathrada

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Cape Town – For many it was the first day in years they spent back in a classroom when 40 companies across South Africa went back to school on Friday.

Staff from various companies visited more than 80 schools in the annual Back to School for a Day initiative, established in 2012 by ANC deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

More than 50 000 learners were exposed to guidance programmes, debating workshops, literacy activities and motivational talks.

A few companies also painted classrooms and fixed up vegetable patches.

"When an adult walks into a school to offer their time and resources, the students feel recognised.

"Going back is about giving back and that is what is important," Ramaphosa said.

The Back to School for a Day initiative has also spread to Mozambique and Lesotho.

"Interventions such as these do not only benefit the pupils. They also benefit those who return to schools to make a contribution," Ramamphosa said.

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