“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela, 2003
BP Southern Africa has embraced this visionary thought, and is keeping Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive by facilitating social equality through education.
Through the BPSA Education Foundation, the organisation invests significantly on initiatives specifically aimed at developing infrastructure and educational programmes in under-resourced schools. Established in 2013, its main objective is to advance the opportunities of inclusive economic development and shared growth through high school programmes, financing for higher education in the form of scholarships & skills development and working with people living with disabilities.
Through collaborations with various stakeholders, including the government, private sector and educational institutions, the BPSA Education Foundation contributes towards improving the quality of education in science, technology, English and mathematics, while developing a pipeline for universities.
In line with its long-standing commitment to education development, every year BPSA commemorates Mandela Month through learning improvement initiatives. “We see Mandela Month as an opportunity to extend our reach and support to schools in need,” says BPSA Marketing Manager, Tebogo Mekoa.
This year the organisation has partnered with the SAME Foundation to refurbish a mathematics classroom at Lofentse Girls School in Orlando East, Soweto, which caters for underprivileged learners. The revamp project, which started on Wednesday 11 August, saw BPSA employees roll up their sleeves to help with renovation, painting and cleaning of the classroom into a new and exciting learning environment for the girls.
The classroom received a much-needed facelift, featuring modern interior finishings, as well as critical teaching and learning resources.
“Through our initiatives, we always strive to make a meaningful and tangible difference in the communities in which we operate,” concludes Mekoa.
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