Former President Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday presents the Department of Basic Education an opportunity to do good with our school infrastructure.

In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation we want to pay tribute to him and what he stands for by making a visible difference to the lives of children served by at least 94 schools in South Africa.

It was in 1994 that Mr Mandela became the first democratically elected President of South Africa, this year it is his 94th birthday and it is within this context that we have identified 94 schools that are in dire need of assistance. Hence the name of the campaign: “94 Schools Project for Madiba”.

The primary objective of the “94 Schools Project” is to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children through improvements in their learning environment.

The intention of the Department is to mobilise resources and support from various sectors of society around the enormous task of alleviating the infrastructure backlog primarily for schools serving the poor.

The secondary objectives are:

  1. Forming part of Government’s broader infrastructure roll-out plan to bring better living conditions for all
  2. Contributing to South Africa’s skills development programme by utilising this project
  3. Contributing to job creation to provide skills training to unemployed youth
  4. Broadly contribute to economic development in the country

President Mandela forged invaluable partnerships with the private sector towards the building of schools, particularly in poor communities across South Africa – an initiative that the education sector can build on.

The DBE invites interested organisations to pledge their support for this project by sending an email to taylor.l@dbe.gov.za. A representative will contact you to facilitate the requisite planning towards ensuring that your pledge will be fulfilled.

To find out more by visiting the 94 Schools Project page on the DBE...

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