DEPUTY PRESIDENT URGES SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS TO INVEST IN EDUCATION

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on big business in South Africa to help fast-track transformation through investing in education.

Addressing an Adopt-a-School, Back to School function at Bryanston High School in northern Johannesburg on Sunday, he said the government alone does not have the means to educate students from historically disadvantaged communities.

Ramaphosa said that private-public partnerships were critical if schools in underprivileged areas are to succeed.

"From 41 adopted high schools whose matriculation examination results were analysed in 2015, a total of 1,455 distinctions were produced. This is particularly pleasing because many of our schools would have been classified as dysfunctional when we started working with them."

The Deputy President said such partnerships also made a huge difference in the lives of young girls. "The young girls in our schools still need a lot of support from us. Many of these young girls come from really poor backgrounds -- poor families and poor communities. They often miss up to sometimes eight days of school days in a month, typically four days in a month when they have their menstrual cycles."

The initiative has been widely praised. Reverend Frank Chikane said: "It gives me great hope about what South Africans can do when South Africans come together, look at a problem and say 'we're going to bring all our resources and our brains, our capabilities, to make a difference in the lives of our children'."

The Adopt-a School initiative has seen more than 50 million Rand (about 3.6 million US dollars) raised for underprivileged schools in 2016.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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