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Who We Are

Our Purpose

At AEC we believe that true potential is released through education, hence our purpose is to provide excellent education and psychosocial support for school children from disadvantaged backgrounds in and around Alexandra Township. By focusing our efforts on the children and youth of the community, we know that the next generation will be more empowered to create and embrace lasting positive changes. A prosperous Alexandra leads to a better South Africa for all.

Identifying high potential school children

Granting bursaries to these individuals for the full five years of high school at quality schools

Providing necessary support to ensure the sustainable success of the bursars

This support includes not only bursaries, but one meal a day, transport, school uniform and field trips. Our three most important responsibilities are:

Assessing potential

Enhancing life chances by opening doors

Co-walking the journey with our children

Selection Of Bursary Recipients

During their grade 6 year, potential AEC bursars are carefully selected from 19 primary schools in and around Alexandra, Johannesburg. In their grade 7 year, these potential bursary candidates attend Saturday School in English and Maths. Top performers are then offered bursaries for their entire high school careers. They are also provided with uniforms, transport money, text books, stationery and food. Additional needs such as eye-glasses, urgent medical visits and field trips are also considered. We focus on supporting their psycho-social, economic and clinical needs so they can focus on excelling. After all, excellence emerging from adversity is the bedrock of our nation.

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What We Do


The AEC’s primary focus is to raise funds to provide bursaries for quality education for disadvantaged children living in Alexandra. With the funds raised we are able to sponsor 176 children and pay for their school fees, transport, school uniforms, text books, stationery and one meal a day. Essentially, the bursary allows the child to focus on their studies and achieve excellent results. We are proud to say that our bursars have achieved close to a 100% pass rate since 1996!

Saturday School

All AEC bursars, from Grade 8 to Matric, attend extra lessons each Saturday in the gateway subjects: English, Maths, and Physical Science. Recently we have added computer coding to the programme.

For the Grade 7 learners coming from primary schools in Alexandra we are also running a Saturday School programme designed to help and prepare them for high school.

Maths and English teacher development workshops

To enhance and improve the learning experience for the children, we regularly conduct teacher development workshops in Maths and English for 19 primary school teachers in and around Alexandra. To measure the success of these workshops as well as the impact these programs have on the learners in the community the AEC sets a series of tests for the actual grade 6 learners under these teachers over the past 3 years the results from these tests have improved 10% year on year.

Holiday Programmes

During the state school holidays, we run intensive academic support days.  The focus here is on Grades 10-12. Our bursars are given additional extra lessons in English, Mathematics and Physical Science.  In addition, the children are holistically stimulated with cultural and sports events.

Our History

The Alexandra Education Committee (AEC), was founded in 1996 by Deane Yates. It is a proven and well-managed school bursary scheme, where promising learners from Alexandra, Johannesburg, are provided with quality secondary school education. In addition to being put through high school, learners are given extensive support through our Saturday and holiday programmes,  counselling and mentorship, as well as extra lessons in subjects they find challenging.  The AEC also runs monthly maths and English development workshops for primary school teachers in Alexandra.  The AEC is a registered PBO (930-000-698) and NPO (025-968). The Constitution was upgraded in 2012 and is upheld by a professional Council and dedicated Sub-Committees.

The History Of Alexandra

Alexandra is the oldest South African township, having started as a small enclave in 1912 and eventually developing into one of the most vibrant communities in South Africa with a population of over 500 000. It has been described by Nelson Mandela as “exhilarating and precarious”. The area has consistently seen a high unemployment rate, with 2004 figures  estimating a 63%. Of course the unemployment rates  also deepen the poverty level in the township and leave many households unable to provide for their most basic needs.

Our Staff And Council

The AEC staff are experienced educators and school administrators passionately dedicated to improving the lives of children. Equally, the AEC Council are well-respected professionals concerned about and committed to securing a better future for South Africa and Alexandra.

Justice Edwin Cameron
Justice Edwin CameronPatron
Joy Mhlongo
Joy MhlongoAlumni Committee Admin
Lynne Rivett-Carnac
Lynne Rivett-CarnacDeputy Chairperson
Nigel McClure
Nigel McClureChair: Finance committee
Martin Pienaar
Martin PienaarChair: Mentorship committee
Paul Channon
Paul ChannonDirector
Kate Wong
Kate WongGirls' Counsellor
Bronwynne Viljoen
Bronwynne ViljoenFinancial Administrator
Jean James-Smith
Jean James-SmithGeneral Secretary
Sydney Seolonyane
Sydney SeolonyaneGraduate Officer
Connie Moloi
Connie MoloiOffice Assistant
Joyce Tleane
Joyce TleaneCommunity Assistant

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