African School for Excellence celebrates groundbreaking of flagship school in transformative moment for Tsakane township
On 1 October 2014, African School for Excellence (ASE) is celebrating the start of construction of its flagship school in the East Rand township of Tsakane. The groundbreaking ceremony will be attended by local community leaders alongside over 150 scholars, 30 faculty and staff and parents of the Grade 7 and 8 scholars. ASE’s campus will be ready to welcome scholars by January 2015.
Upon completion, the flagship campus of African School for Excellence in Tsakane will accommodate 720 scholars. The building uses steel and prefabricated materials to lower per square metre costs by nearly 50 per cent. In addition, an unconventional design leverages the highveld climate to reduce operating costs, providing 30 per cent better ventilation and 50 per cent more natural light than traditional brick schools.
The groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday morning will feature remarks from Ms. Maureen Mthimunye, Ekurhuleni District Director, Mr. Jay Kloppenberg, Founder and CEO of ASE, along with additional remarks and performances by ASE staff and scholars. In addition to the aforementioned speakers, the entire African School for Excellence Board of Trustees will attend, including Mr. Hlumelo Biko, Ms. Peta Mashinini, Mr. Ed Southey, Mr. Manie Wessels, and Mr. Tiger Wessels.
The mission of African School for Excellence (ASE) is to create a self-sustaining network of elite independent secondary schools that anyone can afford. Reducing per scholar costs by approximately 40 per cent, the ASE Model accelerates learning while delivering a world-class education that is affordable and scalable. African School for Excellence expects all of its scholars to graduate ready to succeed at the very best universities, both in South Africa and abroad.
ABOUT AFRICAN SCHOOL FOR EXCELLENCE
Founded in 2011, African School for Excellence (ASE) is a non-profit organisation operating a network of high quality, low cost secondary schools in South African townships. ASE currently operates its first school in the township of Tsakane, East Rand, Gauteng, with approximately 170 scholars in Grades 7-8 and 30 faculty and staff. Founder and CEO Jay Kloppenberg developed ASE’s academic and financial models to specifically address the needs and challenges of African secondary school scholars.
The ASE Model costs R7200 annually per scholar, or roughly 60% of current public education spending and less than 10% of that spent at the top independent schools. African School for
Excellence expects all of its scholars to graduate ready to succeed at the very best universities, both in South Africa and abroad. You can learn more at www.ase.org.za.
To learn more about African School for Excellence and request interviews with its leadership, please visit: www.as.org.za