BPSA keeping Madiba Legacy Alive Through Investment in Education

July 2018

“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.

Notes to editors
  • The BPSA Education Foundation has partnered with the University of Witwatersrand on its Targeting Talent Programe. This partnership dates back to 2009 when it first was piloted.
  • The Wits TTP programme is aimed at empowering learners from under-resourced schools from Grade 10 to 12 with learning and study skills suited to university education. The programme outputs are commendable in that not only do our TTP matric cohort perform well above the National Senior Certificate average, they have for the last three to four years performed better than IEB averages. In the last four years, the Foundation has taken 936 matriculants through the program and year on year, well over 90% of these TTP beneficiaries receive Bachelor passes with over 80% of them registering at Institutions of Higher Learning the year after they matriculate. This is creating dreams and possibilities for learners who might otherwise have been lost in the system and we are privileged to be part of the process.
  • Furthermore, the BPSA Education Foundation offers university scholarships to top students from the TTP programme studying Engineering, Accounting, Actuarial science etc. We specifically target high school students, who will be first generation in their families to attend a tertiary institution. We provide them with full scholarships including some level of psychosocial support where required.
  • Since 2013, BPSA has also participated as sponsor in the Learner Focus Week (LFW), which is a Department Of Energy (DoE) flagship project focusing on career awareness in the energy sector. The program targets High School learners from underprivileged backgrounds to enter the Science, Technology, Energy and Mathematics (STEM) fields during the winter school holidays.
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For interview/photo opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact Nelisiwe Masina, BPSA Corporate Communications Manager, Tel: +2787 357 9374 or email: nelisiwe.masina@bp.com.