This can be any public, independent or private school that is registered on our platform, AlumnusOnline, and which stands to benefit from the participation of its alumni or friends of schools for its own welfare
These are former students who have an interest in the development and upkeep of their former schools in order to improve and maintain high standards at the school
These would be individuals, organizations or corporates who are non alumni but still have an interest in the development of a particular school or schools
This refers to current students of a particular school who stand to benefit in a variety of ways from the input of former students of their school and friends of schools
AlumnusOnline is a one-stop solution for all your alumni networking needs. Our interactive alumni portals come with all the features required to manage your alumni relations seamlessly, while keeping your alumni engaged
Raise Funds from Alumni and Corporates
Get Alumni Help in Student Placements & Support
Build and Manage your Alumni Database
Involve Alumni in School Development
Depending on the type of User you are, you can log in as a School representative, an Alumnus of the school, a Friend of School or a current Student of that particular school or schools. All Users will require a username and password to log in. It is recommended that Users should use their email addresses as usernames. The password should have a minimum of six characters. The App does allow for the User who has forgotten the password to create a new one. N.B. It is important for users to note that on registration they must use their correct personal details in order to benefit maximally from the offerings of the platform. For example, automatically printed certificates for revenue rebates and other redeemable offers will be generated using details provided on registration.
The user can view all the different listings in particular sections of the platform. For example, if that user is available in messages then that user can see the listing of recent chat history with other users or if he chooses to do so, he can also read the recent chat messages. Apart from this, users can check the listing of all friends and other users like Students, Alumni or Friends of Schools. Users can also check the listing of their donations as well. They can even select where to spend that donation from the listing provided by the platform to make their selections. All in all, the platform provides for many different listings.
The User can view his or her own profile on the App. The profile shows all the details that the User would like to be revealed. These details may include the postal address, contact numbers, email address and a brief background about self. It is up to the user to determine which details can be revealed. N.B. It is important for users to note that on registration they must use their correct personal details in order to benefit maximally from the offerings of the platform. For example, automatically printed certificates for revenue rebates and other redeemable offers will be generated using details provided on registration.
This is meant to provide AlumnusOnline with feedback. AlumnusOnline would like to know about the User’s experience with the App: how users find it, what improvements they suggest and generally how to make their experience with the AlumnusOnline App any better.
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17 August 2018 - Johannesburg, South Africa: AlumnusOnline, a free online social networking platform focused on facilitating meaningful engagement between schools and their alumni, was officially launched at the offices of Bryte Insurance in Johannesburg, yesterday. The platform has been designed to provide easy access to the networks, expertise and resources of alumni and other interested donors, for the benefit of South African schools and learners. Among the guests celebrating the launch, was the Director-General in the Presidency, Dr Cassius Lubisi, as well as representatives from business, media and educational institutions.
Speaking at the launch, the Executive Director at AlumnusOnline, Dr Bheka Makhathini, said; “The poor state of education in South Africa remains a growing concern; the country’s ranking for its quality of primary education was 116 out of 137 countries on the World Economic Forum 2017–18 Global Competitiveness Report. This is a stark reminder of the severity of the challenge and while government efforts to improve the status quo, continue, the private sector and alumni of schools also have an important role to play. We are therefore delighted to launch a platform that seeks to uplift schools in multiple respects as well as transform the overall standard of education,”
Insufficient funds and a shortage of skilled educators continue to be a major challenge for many South African schools. To make matters worse, more than 570,000 children aren’t even enrolled at a school, depriving them of the socio-economic prospects that children with access to education may benefit from. Other key challenges inhibiting admissions/ the quality of education include high rates of absenteeism, the cost of school fees in some schools and associated expenses (such as transport, uniforms, stationery, etc.) as well as the lack of resources to accommodate and educate children with physical or mental disabilities.
AlumnusOnline’s ambition is to address these challenges through the support of the general public as well as South African businesses. The focus is on driving a more inclusive, accessible and robust schooling system to advance the educational outcomes of as many schools as possible. Bringing quality learning, recreation and other basic resources such as libraries, science and IT labs, sporting facilities and sanitation amenities, is a major area of attention.
“I am confident in the immense opportunities this platform can unlock for schools in driving meaningful, sustainable growth. The impressive results at schools where alumni and communities play a more active role is evidence of just what can be achieved through more effective collaboration,” added Dr Makhathini.
Speaking on the importance of collaboratively driving access to opportunities, especially for South Africa’s youth, Dr Cassius Lubisi, Director-General in the Presidency, said; “To meaningfully transform South Africa, we cannot continue to perpetuate our country's socio-economic inequalities. We applaud initiatives such as AlumnusOnline that actively focus on creating opportunities for the youth, preparing them effectively for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and driving much-needed empowerment”.
Despite the limited resources, several schools – especially those in rural areas – have produced some of our greatest leaders. This platform thus provides the ideal opportunity for every alumni to re-link with their former schools and make a difference. Through this platform, donors are able to assist schools with funding and learners with career guidance, internships/ learning opportunities, bursaries/ scholarships, inspirational content and subject-related programmes, amongst others.
“AlumnusOnline was inspired by a desire to honour my grandfather’s legacy – a passionate educator who dedicated his life to uplifting the quality of education in his community and the experience of learners. Together with the support of my partners, Bryte Insurance, Strauss Daly, Dimension Data, Internet Solutions and SoluGrowth, we hope to grow the platform from strength to strength, delivering significant value to every school across the country,” concluded Dr Makhathini.
“At Bryte, we are deeply invested in a range of programmes aimed at sustainably advancing education. We strongly believe in the adage of ‘Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime’ and recognise the critical role education plays in socio- economic empowerment. We therefore feel privileged to partner with AlumnusOnline and support the acceleration of access to quality education for every child in the country,” said Collin Molepe, Deputy CEO at Bryte Insurance.
For more information about AlumnusOnline or to register as a school, alumni, corporate or current learner, please visit www.alumnusonline.com. Registration is free. Every school is encouraged to become a member to be able to benefit from the contributions of generous South Africans.
Surrounded by a spate of decay and deterioration in many schools around the country, with some schools having even lost their once-held status of 'prestige' , AlumnusOnline is set to encourage all South Africans to take school education into their own hands, and salvage the pride of the nation. They also intend to use the platform to showcase best practice and help maintain high standards that obtain in some of the schools within the country, especially the private institutions.
WHAT IS ALUMNUSONLINE?
AlumnusOnline is an online platform which is both a website application that can be accessed in a laptop or desktop, and a mobile App which works both on Android and IOS devices. It is a proudly South African product and it is ready to connect all schools with the former students they have produced over the years. It also links schools with corporates that adopt and support educational institutions. Using this platform, former students and corporates can literally influence the direction of the school while they are sitting in the comfort of their homes or offices.
Through a wide spectrum of features provided in the platform, users can do a lot for schools, including clubbing together and solving deep structural problems at various schools, and even raise funds to improve the performance of these schools. It provides a perfect opportunity to contribute towards the development of school education. Crucially, the App is free of charge for everyone: schools, former students, corporates and even current students at the schools. Capitalising on the mobilisation of former students and corporates, this platform promises to revolutionise the scaling of school development & support.
“To achieve genuine credibility, it was critical that AlumnusOnline, solicits partnerships with respected corporate organizations: Strauss Daly Attorneys Inc., Dimension Data, Internet Solutions, former Deloitte Accounting Division (now called SoluGrowth) and Bryte Insurance”, said Dr Bheka Makhathini, Co-founder and Executive Director of AlumnusOnline NPC. He went on to give details about the different roles their partners will be playing to add value to their initiative: "Strauss Daly will help us with all matters legal and compliance-related, including supply chain engineering, procurement and project management; Dimension Data, on the other hand, will be responsible for Technical Support, Internet Solutions will assist with Cloud and Hosting Services & Cyber Security; SoluGrowth is charged with Fund Management and Accounting with all their infrastructure and experience in Finance; Bryte Insurance is our Operations and Strategy partner”, he explained.
"Schools simply do not receive enough grants from government to cater sufficiently for all their needs, and the fiscus simply cannot afford it", Dr Makhathini noted. According to him, it is also not prudent simply to transfer donations to schools when there are no demonstrable systems in place that receiving schools will be able to account for the use of those funds and that there will be no mismanagement of such funds, and that the interests of donors will be protected. He contends that their “credible” platform guarantees a transparent, cost-effective and dependable system that guards the interests of donors.
AlumnusOnline NPC are targeting politicians, executives, entrepreneurs, and a wide range of professionals, including CSI/CSR Practitioners and other influencers as potential donors or ambassadors/fundraisers of their former schools. "We also target people who are already involved with their former schools in some way”, said Dr Makhathini. AlumnusOnline intends to encourage all schools, public or private, to register online since registration is absolutely free. They are convinced that, supported by an army of former students and some corporates, the AlumnusOnline initiative should have an impact on all the schools across the country.
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