How ABESA is constituted and what it aims to do
How we are constituted
As an Anglican Christian community concerned for the well-being, quality and ethos of both independent and public education in Southern Africa, to promote and enhance the quality of education within the area of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and more particularly:
To strengthen what the Church is already doing in the field of education;
To encourage and foster the creation of more excellent church schools for all;
To encourage parishes in the ongoing upliftment of all their communities through partnership with local public schools;
To raise funds both nationally and internationally for these purposes.
The History of ABE
The Anglican Board of Education was formally constituted in November 2006. It limited its activities to the Western Cape and its particular focus was to identify and support Anglican Church Schools who had been taken over by the government but still operated on Church land. These historic mission/parish schools had been neglected and faced particular challenges.
In 2013 the board of the ABE resigned and a new board was selected by the Provincial Synod. The vision of the new board was not limited to the Western Cape but included the whole Province of the Anglican Church. The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba is the Patron and Bishop Peter Lee is Chairman. (Endorsement from the Archbishop and Provincial Standing Committee – Annexure B).
More about how we are Constituted
Is ABESA a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with Section 18A tax status?
Who is on the board and how were they selected?
Selection of Board Members
The board members were selected by the Anglican Church Provincial Synod and their selection represents the broad spectrum of the Anglican Church. The persons include clergy, regional representation, schools, and prominent individuals involved in education and business. It does not represent only the schools sector, but it intentionally represents the wider Church. The Provincial Synod is the highest governing authority of the Anglican Church. All the Bishops of the Anglican Church are represented on this body.
In the future when vacancies occur on the board they will be filled from recommendations from the Anglican Board of Education, and approved by the Provincial Synod.
The board according to its Memorandum of Incorporation has the right to appoint advisory committees. The board has appointed the Anglican Schools’ Association (ASA) as an advisory committee. This committee consists of Ms Deanne King – St Mary’s Girls’ School Waverley, Mr Dave Arguile – St Anne’s Diocesan College Hilton, Mrs Sue Redelinghuys – St Cyprian’s School Cape Town, and Mr Alan Thompson – St Andrew’s College Grahamstown.
What is the funding plan for ABE?
There will be several sources of funding. The Anglican Church has made a donation to the organisation to cover the start-up costs.
To ensure sustainability, all the Anglican Church Schools will be asked to pay an annual subscription fee. Schools with an enrolment of 300 and above will contribute 50% of the highest annual tuition fee. Schools below 300 will contribute 30% of an annual tuition fee. If a school has both high and primary schools, then both will make a contribution.
The third area of funding will come from donations from individuals or businesses who believe in the case of ABE. A fundraising committee will be appointed to seek this kind of sponsorship. Funding will be sought for specific projects such as the start of new Anglican Schools.
Will the Anglican Board of Education prevent schools from pursuing their own community service agenda?
The Anglican Board of Education supports and encourages all outreach projects from individual schools, particularly those which are focused on the stated objectives of ABE to grow quality, accessible Christian education and schools.
It is the intention to bring together all the “Outreach officers” or those that hold such portfolios within schools to share expertise and knowledge. Such regional conferences will be held throughout the country. The full impact of all the service work done by the schools involved would be shared with all so that the full social impact can be valued. The full impact of the social contribution of Anglican Schools is very significant and a cause for humility and pride.