Education Africa is founded by James Urdang, supported by Angie Makwetla and Dr Aggrey Klaaste.
Education Africa is formally registered as a non-profit organisation. James Urdang is appointed Executive Director, Dr Aggrey Klaaste is appointed Chairman and Angie Makwetla is appointed Vice-Chairman. Miles Japhet, CEO of Hollard Insurance takes the lead, funding the official start-up of Education Africa, together with Central Cologne, Concord, Gerling Global, Guardina National, Hollandia, Mercantile & General, Munich, Standard General and Swiss Re-insurance companies.
Education Africa facilitates the production of No Easy Walk to Freedom. In this historic video, a coalition of South African leaders unite their voices to call for the uplifting of sanctions against South Africa, and to invite the world to join in the process of reconstruction in this country.
Education Africa and the National Peace Secretariat host the Golden Doves of Peace Awards Ceremony on 7 June. The awards are presented to the unsung heroes of the peace process who are nominated by their local communities. A special Award is presented to Nelson Mandela.
Education Africa is presented with a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of its commitment and involvement in the Miss World Pageant at Sun City on 19 November.
Education Africa receives an award for its “Contribution to peace ad to bringing about a New South Africa” from the Hostels Peace Initiative.
The Education Africa Presidential and Premier Education Awards are initiated. These awards, held in co-operation with the National Ministry of Education, are designed to pay tribute to the many worthwhile, non-governmental educational projects and business organisations which play an instrumental role in raising the standards of education of the people of South Africa. Education Africa Patron Helen Suzman opens with a toast and Mr Walter Sisulu is present. Deputy President Thabo Mbeki addresses the audience and hands out the awards.
Education Africa launches the official Nelson R Mandela Presidential Medallions at the South African Mint. Nelson Mandela strikes the first medallion.
HSBC backs Education Africa. Sir William Purvis hands over the cheque,
Fund-raising visit to the US
Walter Sisulu officially opens our African Management Programme at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
The First Phase of Masibambane College is built, funded by the City of Vienna.
The Walter Sisulu Scholarship Fund is established by Walter and Albertina Sisulu, together with Education Africa. The fund is designed to promote the empowerment of disadvantaged South Africans through education and training.
Fund-raising visit to the United States of America with Walter Sisulu to introduce Education Africa and the Walter Sisulu Scholarship Fund. Several companies and schools pledge donations.
Masibambane College in Orange Farm, South Africa, is officially opened on 2 September. Walter Sisulu excites the community by making a grand appearance in a helicopter.
President Nelson Mandela speaks at the third Education Africa Presidential and Premier Education Awards, held at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. 1 500 guests from all over South Africa, Europe, America and the East attend the event.
The Certification in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Programme is developed in partnership with the University of South Africa (UNISA).
The first of six Education Africa Forum books is published.
Deputy President Thabo Mbeki launches the Cycle Aid for Africa project, which is supported by the Osaka Prefectural Government and the Embassy of Japan.
A second series of Nelson Rolihlala Mandela Presidential Medallions is launched, struck at the South African Mint by Walter Sisulu.
Education Africa provides computer equipment, builds a library and a boarding house at Penryn College
Deputy President Thabo Mbeki speaks at the fourth Education Africa Presidential and Premier Education Awards, held at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. Over 1 200 guests attended.
Education Africa revives the Model United Nations General Assembly Competition for South African High Schools. The new Model UN is launched together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the National Department of Education.
Edu-bike Africa, an outcomes-based education programme, is launched out of the success of Cycle Aid for Africa.
The Eskom Walter Sisulu Scholarship Fund for high school pupils who show potential in mathematics and science, is launched.
Young pupils from Masibambane College experience their first flight, taken from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back by Austrian Airlines, to mark the launch of the Austrian Airlines in-flight fund-raising campaign for the school.
The Second Phase of Masibambane College is officially opened.
Education Africa publishes a survey in the Financial Mail to place on record the state of education, both at a national and provincial level in South Africa.
The first Education Africa students successfully complete the Education Africa Entrepreneurship and Business Management programmes in conjunction with UNISA.
Money raised in a raffle at the 20th anniversary of the Austrian Imperial Ball goes to Education Africa.
The South African Model United Nations Debating team wins the Model United Nations General Assembly International Competition at the United Nations offices in Vienna, Austria.
Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Education Minister Kader Asmal speak at the fifth Education Africa Presidential and Premier Education Awards Ceremony, held at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.
Education Africa, in conjunction with the READ Educational Trust, facilitates the funding for the construction of container libraries at the Mveledzandivho Primary School an Dr Mary Malahlela Primary School.
An educational comic book on South Africa, published by Education Africa, is distributed to over 1 000 schools in the United Kingdom.
Education Africa publishes a second survey in the Financial Mail as part of the publicity campaign for the Education Africa Presidential and Premier Education Awards.
A “Cappella to Africa” concert is hosted by the Osaka Prefectural Government in Osaka, Japan, to raise funding for the transportation of bicycles to South Africa as part of our Cycle Aid for Africa project.
Education Africa receives the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital area for our Model United Nations General Assembly Conference. The award recognises programme excellence in furthering the ideals of the United Nations.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsors 200 scholarships per year for three years, through the Walter Sisulu Scholarship Fund.
350 pupils receive Walter Sisulu Scholarships.
Highlights from the Education Africa Presidential and Premier Education Awards Ceremony are broadcast on national television. A new category of Award – the Award for Aids in Education – is launched this year by Professor Kader Asmal, Minister of Education. Acting President Thoko Didiza attends the Awards Ceremony.
Linda Gould is appointed Operations Director of Education Africa.
Phase three of Masibambane College is completed, with donations made by the City of Vienna in Austria. Walter Sisulu pays a surprise visit to Masibambane College at the official opening of Phase three. Mag. Renate Brauner of the City of Vienna, and Bishop Peter Lee, were also there.
Education Africa is a beneficiary of the World on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Austrian companies donate funding to Education Africa, which is earmarked for the building of a science, environment and technology centre at Masibambane College.
Education Africa holds the “Live a Dream” essay competition in conjunction with South African Breweries Ltd (SAB).
Education Africa produces the Walter Sisulu legacy pack in commemoration of his life.
Albertina Sisulu visits the orphans/vulnerable children feeding scheme and aftercare project at Masibambane College.
The Social Architecture Project is launched by Education Africa in partnership with the Austrian NGO S²arch. Two centres are built.
Angie Makwetla is appointed chairman of Education Africa after the passing of Dr Aggrey Klaaste. Gavin McSweeney and Ndaba Ntsele are appointed joint vice-chairmen.
The HSBC Voluntary Planning Committee hosts Education Africa’s first cocktail party at its St James’ offices in London.
Education Africa hosts a celebration of the life of the late Walter Sisulu in aid of the Walter Sisulu Scholarship Fund. Prominent guests include the Sisulu family, advocate George Bizos, as well as Transport Minister Mac Maharaj and Ahmed Kathrada, who were both imprisoned on Robben Island with Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela.
As part of the Social architecture project in partnership with the Austrian NGO S²arch, the buildings at two centres are developed.
Matt Bosrock and Hannah Yilma join Education Africa as its first Global Ambassadors.
Albertina Sisulu hosts a tea with learners from St Mary’s School for Girls. These learners have all received Eskom, Walter Sisulu Scholarships.
The first Education Africa Lifetime Achievement Award for Africa ceremony and cocktail evening is held in New York at the HSBC offices. The recipient of this Award was past New York City Mayor, David Dinkins.
As part of the Social Architecture project, five more centres are built in partnership with the Austrian NGO, S²arch.
The Council of the City of New York honours the Walter Sisulu Scholarship Fund for “its outstanding contribution to South Africa and to humanity” at a cocktail evening held at the HSBC offices in New York.
The Hebrew Order of David (HOD) along with “Baby Jake” Matlala, former four-time world boxing champion and his partner, Branco Milenkovic, host an upmarket Box ‘n Dine evening in support of Education Africa and the Arcadia Children’s Home.
The closing ceremonies of the South African Model United Nations are held on Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa. Teams are accompanied by the Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who was a past political prisoner on the island for 10 years from the age of fifteen.
The South African delegation of students wins the award for Best Delegation in the small delegation category at the Model United Nations International Conference at Cornell University in the United States of America.
Jania Geoghegan is appointed chairman of Education Africa’s Global Ambassadors.
Schools from Africa and abroad participate in the South African Model United Nations Cape Town International Conference.
Mag, Renate Brauner, Vice-Mayor and Deputy Governor of the City of Vienna, joins Education Africa and the Orange Farm community in celebrating Masibambane’s 10th anniversary. Other prominent guests include Austrian Ambassador Helmut Freudenschuss and ANC veteran Rica Hodgson.
Mag. Renate Brauner, Vice-Mayor and Deputy Governor of the City of Vienna, attends the Grand Viennese Ball in Sandton, South Africa. Proceeds from the event go to Education Africa for Masibambane College.
Launch of Education Africa’s alumnisa.org at City of London School with Kearsney College.
Kearsney College comes on board as our partner for the Cycle Aid for Africa project in KwaZulu Natal. Bicycles as well as helmets, spare and bike stands are distributed to rural schools in the Natal Midlands and workshops are held to train learners to maintain the bicycles.
650 educators attend an Edu-bike Africa workshop in conjunction with Penryn College in Mpumalanga. More than 30 000 learners are reached through this initiative, and they are all provided with supporting learning materials.
Our Social Architecture project has had an incredibly busy year, with four universities coming on board as project partners.
Phase five of Masibambane College is completed. This phase incorporates an aftercare and feeding programme, as well as a home economics classroom serving as a kitchen for Aids orphans and vulnerable children. The construction of a gatehouse and related infrastructure, as well as equipping of the school with the necessary fire safety requirements to get government approval for the high school, were also completed.
At the Education Africa Global Awards Gala Dinner we introduced a new award – The Education Africa Allegiance Award which was presented to the City of Vienna, and accepted by Mag Renate Brauer.
Plans for the proposed Masibambane College High School are approved and construction begins.
Nottingham University joins our Social Architecture project and the Junior Learning Centre in Jouberton near Klerksdorp is designed and built by its students. This facility replaces the use of an old church that was previously used to care for 60 children. The students succeeded in building this complicated and magnificent structure in just seven weeks. This project is not only life changing for the communities; it is also a life changing learning experience for the students.
Fully integrated, multi-purpose sports fields are built at Masibambane College and equipped with funding from HSBC in honour of the British Lions Rugby Tour to South Africa. Members of the touring British Lions visit Masibambane College to mark the occasion and participate in a game of TAG rugby with the learners, much to the delight of the local Orange Farm community.
Education Africa takes the Masibambane College marimba band on a cultural tour to Vienna, where they vow local audiences as they perform at a number of concerts in the city.
The Make a Face – Transform a Life campaign in launched in the UK. This campaign involves celebrities hand painting and decorating venetian masks which are subsequently auctioned in aid of Education Africa.
The 2009 Education Africa Gala Awards Dinner is held at the May Fair Hotel in London. Sir Richard Branson receives the Education Africa Life Time Achievement Award for Africa while Michael Geoghegan CBE is presented with the Education Africa Allegiance Award.
Education Africa’s International SAMUN delegation travelled to the US where they participated in the Cornell University Model UN Conference. All 12 learners were presented with individual awards and the team was also named as the “Best Delegation”.
The first graduation ceremony for caregivers of Education Africa’s Early Childhood Development project is held
Having taken a number of school children overseas to perform at our Global Awards Gala Dinners and seeing their excitement at being able to experience different cultures, we decided to launch the Education Africa International Arts & Culture project. To travel internationally with such talented students from disadvantaged communities is a real privilege – they are the nicest children to travel with and they are dynamic ambassadors for South Africa.
Education Africa moves into new offices in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The Viennese Ball Committee donates reading materials and workbooks for the learners at Masibambane College.
Due to the success of our Early Childhood Development (ECD) project, the training is extended to the North West Province.
Education Africa meets with Mr Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations, to discuss our SAMUN project. Mr Akasaka is particularly interested in the concept of twinning resourced schools with under-resourced schools to form a combined debating team.
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Education Africa receives a donation from BCD Travel which is earmarked for the Masibambane College aftercare programme.
The City of Vienna invites Education Africa to take the Masibambane College Marimba Band to Austria to perform at the famous Danube Festival, providing a wonderful opportunity for the learners to perform in front of a global audience. Cultural trips such as this give children an opportunity to grow through experiencing different cultures and languages.
We undertake our 2nd International Arts & Culture tour to Austria for the year. The Austrian Life Ball Committee invited us to bring the Marimba Band from St Dominic’s Convent to perform in an international band using traditional local instruments. The band comprise children from Austria, Cambodia, India, Russia, Slovakia and South Africa.
Our international SAMUN delegation travelled to Cornell University to again participate in an international Model UN Conference. For the second successive year our team is presented with the “Small Delegation Award”.
David Harris retires from Education Africa after 18 years of service for the organisation. David held the position of Honorary Treasurer at our Johannesburg office.
The SAMUN International Cape Town Conference attracts entries from the UK and Kenya, and the event once again culminates in an overnight stay on Robben Island. Pictures on the left is the SAMUN international delegation that was selected to represent South Africa at the Cornell University Model UN in April 2011.
The Masibambane College Marimba Band is invited to perform at the FIFA Congress held in Johannesburg prior to the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The 2010 Education Africa Gala Awards Dinner is held in New York in October. The Education Africa Life Time Achievement Award is presented to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu while Matthew Bosrock receives the Education Africa Allegiance Award. A new Award is introduced this year – the Education Africa Humanitarian award which is presented to Herb and Joy Kaiser. Education Africa arranges an International Arts & Culture tour to coincide with this event, and the Thokoza School Marimba Band accompanies US singing sensation Gloria Gaynor (pictured left) as she performs her hit single, “I will survive”.
The Cycle Aid for Africa project continues to grow, and 50 specially reinforced bicycles are presented to learners at Hlahlindlela High School in KwaZulu Natal.
The Education Africa Arts & Culture tours is officially accepted as a fully-fledged Education Africa Project. The Masibambane College Marimba Band continues to enjoy widespread success and is taken on tour where they perform at the famous Danube Festival.
Phase 1 of the Masibambane College High School is completed in time for the start of the academic year. Ten classrooms, offices and administration area, ablution facilities and a fully equipped computer centre are built for the high school with funding received from CEDAR Foundation (Canada). At the official opening, Education Africa dedicates the school to the memory of the late Walter Sisulu, Dr Aggrey Klaaste and Helen Suzman.
Education Africa with the Austrian Trade Commission arrange another successful international Arts & Culture tour to Vienna to coincide with “Going into business South Africa” day. We also launch our first Marimba Mania CD.
A proud moment for Education Africa as Lesley Masibi, 2004 Education Africa SAMUN alumni and representative of the 2005 international SAMUN delegation to New York, is declared the winner of the SABC1 “One Day Leader” youth development show. This programme aims at developing tomorrow’s leaders by focusing on critical social and economic issues facing the nation.
James Urdang, CEO and Founder of Education Africa comments, “Not only did Lesley win the One Day Leader, he has also gone on to do his honours in Chemical Engineering. Importantly, he is still involved in our SAMUN programme where he mentors provincial delegates, and says that the SAMUN programme is one that is very close to his heart. Leslie is just one of many of our SAMUN alumni to have made an impact. Today we can be proud of the fact that many of our alumni are lawyers, accountants, doctors etc – all of them contributing to the world of work and giving back to society.”
Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, officially opens the Cosmo City ECD Centre which was built as a partnership effort between Education Africa, students from Cornell University, the City of Johannesburg, Basil Read, Play with a Purpose and contributions from a number of donors including Builders Warehouse and AfriSam.
Phase 1 of Project Limpopo (Khomotso Pre-School), an Education Africa Social Architecture Project in partnership with Nottingham University and Thusanang Training Centre, is complete. The Khomotso Pre-School is located in Calais Village in rural Limpopo Province.
Out of the 14 Social Architecture projects that we have been involved in over the years, this has undoubtedly been the most challenging so far. Situated in a rural area with very limited services (electricity & water), we salute Nottingham University for taking up the challenge and creating a centre that will truly change the lives of the rural community in Calais Village.
Ndaba Ntsele is appointed Chairman of the Education Africa Board of Trustees. Russell Zama is appointed Deputy Chairman.
The SAMUN Cape Town International Conference takes place in the Cape Town Metropolitan Council and attracts entries from the UK, Kenya and Nigeria as well as the 9 winning teams from the Provincial debates held earlier this year. All delegates spend a night on Robben Island. The Gauteng team comprising learners from the Oprah Winfrey Academy and Meyerton High School take top honours.
SAMUN International delegation travels to Cornell University. Delegates receive a surprise visit from Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King who spent time chatting to our delegates and even watched them as they debated at this International event. Our team did very well receiving five Verbal Mentions, one Honourable Mention and were the recipients of the “Outstanding Small Delegation” Award.
1400 stationery packs are handed over to learners of the Tiiselso-Bekezela Primary School in Wielers Farm. We bought these packs with funds received from Elephant Brand, a UK based company that has adopted Education Africa as a beneficiary.
James Mendelssohn takes on the Chairmanship of Friends of Education Africa UK. James, the former Chief Executive of MSI Global Alliance, the world’s leading International Association of Independent professional firms) brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our UK board.
Aqua Vista Primary School from Mdantsane Township in the Eastern Cape is invited to participate in an Education Africa International Arts & Culture Tour. We are invited by the Austrian Trade Commission to perform at the Austrian Trade Commission Export Trade Day in Vienna, and the City of Vienna arranges a number of additional performances for the group. As a first for Education Africa, the South African Embassy in Vienna sponsors our marimba group to participate in the Lent Festival in Maribor – the European Capital of Culture in Slovenia.
The first Education Africa Marimba & Steelpan Festival takes place in Johannesburg. In true Education Africa style we aim big, hoping to attract 500 entries. The response was so overwhelming that Joan Lithgow, our newly appointed Marimba Specialist, had to close entries once we had 1 200 musicians registered.
Education Africa is nominated to participate in the Charity of the Year as part of the SA Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2012 in the UK. Even though we did not win the overall award, we take immense pride in having won the popular vote by a significant margin.
Education Africa and the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre partnered in an enriching educational programme for Grade 9 learners who are studying the Holocaust as part of the Social Science Curriculum.
The Education Africa Global Awards Dinner is held in New York. Jonathan Jansen is honoured as the recipient of the Education Africa Lifetime Achievement for Africa Award; Theresa Clarke is the recipient of the Education Africa Humanitarian Award; and Ndaba Ntsele and Geoff Rothschild are named as the joint recipients of the Education Africa Allegiance Award. The Aqua Vista School Marimba Band is once again selected to travel to New York to perform at this event alongside Roberta Flack. While in the Big Apple the group takes part in a number of educational sightseeing opportunities as part of our International Arts & Culture Tours programme.
We partnered with the Sydenham Hebrew Congregation to co-host the “Sounds of Celebration” Concert at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace. Funds raised from this venture enables us to equip a marimba hub with a set of marimbas, reaching five schools in Alexander Township, Johannesburg. An additional set of marimbas was given to Stoneridge Primary School in Thokoza Township on the East Rand.
The 2nd Education Africa International Marimba & Steelpan Festival is a resounding success, attracting 1 400 musicians from throughout South Africa. World famous musicians Andy Narell (Steelpanist) and Alex Jacobowitz (Classical marimba player) participate in the adjudication process.
The John Wesley Community Centre Marimba Band participates in an Education Africa International Arts & Culture Tour to the UK. Highlights include a long weekend visit to Windlesham School in Sussex and a performance at the Shaka Zulu Restaurant and Lounge.
Deloitte hosts and facilitates the Education Africa strategic development workshop. This two day event was attended by representatives from our Education Africa International support structures, Global Ambassadors, members of staff, some of our key donors, as well as stakeholders. This workshop culminates in a strategic development plan which will enable Education Africa to have greater reach and effectiveness in addressing educational needs within and beyond South Africa’s borders.
The list of our ECD graduates continues to grow as yet another 20 caregivers receive their graduation certificates.
The strategic development plan facilitated by Deloitte is adopted by the Education Africa Board of Trustees and plans are put in motion to embark on a journey of growth and expansion into Africa. Roger Keyte, a former Senior Partner at Deloitte, is appointed for a two-month period to manage the first phase of implementation of the new Education Africa strategy.
Another proud moment for Education Africa as the first matric class of Masibambane College achieved a 100% pass rate and 67% of the school’s matrics qualified for Bachelor Degree studies
Education Africa SAMUN alumni get more involved in Education Africa leadership and staffing. We welcome Abdullah Veracchia who joins the Education Africa Board as a Director.
Ndaba Ntsele and James Urdang visit Vienna to report back to the Friends of Education Africa in Vienna Verein, and to receive a donation of €39,911.54. Silvya Metzger-Petz joins the Viennese Board.
Education Africa hosts the 3rd International Marimba & Steelpan Festival at St Benedicts College in Bedfordview, Gauteng. 1500 musicians participate in this event, which is fast becoming one of the most popular marimba festivals in the country.
The Gauteng team comprising learners from Voortrekkerhoogte High School and Crawford College was the top performing South African team at this year’s SAMUN Cape Town International Conference.
We partnered with the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and UNIC – Pretoria to host a Holocaust Remembrance Day workshop for high school learners in Orange Farm.
Friends of Education Africa gGmbH is officially registered in Germany with Udo Stocker as the Verein’s first president.
The SA team selected at last year’s SAMUN Cape Town International Conference visits the US in March. Four learners from our delegation are presented with Individual Committee Awards at the WMUNC (Washington DC Model UN Conference).
We host our Sounds of Celebration II concert in partnership with Sydenham Shul, with over 150 young musicians on stage.
We arrange a Marimba tour to the UK with the John Wesley Community Centre marimba band. Once again our young musicians wowed audiences at a special performance hosted by Roger Payne at Shaka Zulu Restaurant & Lounge in London.
The theme of Education Africa’s 4th International Marimba & Steelpan Festival is “Embracing Africa”. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the massed marimba and steelpan experience where “Brothers and Sisters of Africa”, a composition by Education Africa’s Music Director & Marimba Specialist, Joan Lithgow, is taught to over eight hundred participants in just 40 minutes.