Learners from JTG awarded

2016-11-02 06:02
PICTURED are Mayor of Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality, Neo Masegela next to Ogalaletsang Gaobuse, gr 12 learner who that received an Award for Academic Excellence in Physical Science, Thomas Rambuda, who is a Chief Geologist, Mineral Resource Development at South32’s Wessels Mine, and Avhatakali Nyadzani; Star School Representative.. Photos: Supplied

PICTURED are Mayor of Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality, Neo Masegela next to Ogalaletsang Gaobuse, gr 12 learner who that received an Award for Academic Excellence in Physical Science, Thomas Rambuda, who is a Chief Geologist, Mineral Resource Development at South32’s Wessels Mine, and Avhatakali Nyadzani; Star School Representative.. Photos: Supplied

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Top performing learners from 12 secondary schools in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District (JTG) Municipality were recently awarded with certificates for good performance.

This took place on Saturday 22 October at the Remmogo High School in Maruping Village.

The awards ceremony was hosted by the South32 company, in partnership with Star Schools.

The learners were all participants in the Maths and Science Learner Incubator Programme that was launched five years ago in Hotazel by the two partners.

The top performers were selected from gr. 10 to gr. 12 learners studying Maths, Physical Science and English.

The Maths and Science Learner Incubator Programme was reported to have made a remarkable difference to the lives of learners from mainly the Joe Morolong Local Municipality, which is host to the Hotazel Manganese Mines.

The programme aims to empower the community through increased access to top class Maths and Science education in a safe and comfortable environment, leading to improved matric results and access to tertiary education.

The Joe Morolong area is known for its high unemployment rate because the residents lack educational qualifications and technical skills.

South32 is a BHP Billiton company. Its head office is in Australia, and it has a regional head office and global shared services centre in Johannesburg.

Although an Australian incorporated company, it has a global shareholder base.

Star Schools is a supplementary education service provider that has been delivering and facilitating turnkey teaching, learning and management solutions to basic education since 1968, with a specific focus on gr. 10, gr. 11 and gr. 12.

Its success in improving South Africans’ access to world-class education through the provision of top-quality supplementary educational products and services, is reported to have been unrivalled as it has improved the performance of thousands of learners.

According to South32, its commitment towards developing skills and uplifting communities through enabling and empowering the young through impro-ving their understanding of Maths and Science, led to the funding of the programme.

“At South32, we believe relationships matter, so it is through partnerships and by creating shared value that we can collectively come up with self-sustaining solutions and have a greater positive impact on our host communities,” said Patrick Wadula, the media manager at South32 Africa Region, in a statement.

The programme is reported to have indirectly created both temporary and permanent jobs in the area of Joe Morolong by providing various services such as local transportation for the learners, security, cleaning, catering and printing.

South32 further revealed that it follows a three-prong approach to youth development: a graduate programme, bursary schemes and learnerships aimed at attracting and retaining Africa’s best and highly talented young professionals entering or wishing to enter the sector.

Wadula further added that the Maths and Science Learner Incubator Programme has created a pool for the South32 Bursary Scheme, that currently funds 37 local students who are registered at various tertiary institutions across the country.

“Those students have studying within the fields of various Engineering trades over the last five years.”

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