The Alexandra Education Committee (AEC) came into being in 1996 under the leadership of Deane Yates, who through his church in the township of Alexandra identified boys and girls living in Alexandra who showed potential in the schools of Alexandra but were not producing the results that they were capable of. Deane Yates decided that he would raise funds for these boys and girls to send them to more functional secondary schools outside of Alexandra. He was successful in this undertaking and formed a committee under the chairmanship of Clare Rossouw who began to expand on this idea and increased the number of children who would benefit from it.
In 2003 the Committee was registered as a public benefit organisation (PBO) and in 2004 as a nonprofit organisation (NPO), thereafter an office was opened in the grounds of Waverley Girls’ High School. In 2006, a director, Frank Simmonds, was appointed and the AEC grew to include 230 boys and girls into its programme by 2013.
The AEC mission is to raise funds for bursaries; to provide quality secondary education for disadvantaged boys and girls from Alexandra and to develop them into future leaders. The organisation’s aim is for bursars to achieve a 100 percent pass rate in matric with the goal of a university entrance.