With schools open after the summer break, this is an excellent time to start discussions about setting up a past pupils’ association (PPA) if a school does not yet have one. This is particularly the case in under-resourced communities, where alumni can not only open up opportunities for talented learners, but also have a positive impact on the neighbourhood beyond the school gates.
Inyathelo, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that works to help other NPOs and some universities to become more sustainable, has extensive resources that include a free booklet How to set up a Past Pupils’ Association. This was compiled jointly with the Western Cape Education Department some years ago and can be downloaded from the Inyathelo website here. (www.inyathelo.org.za)