ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Ltd. (EMEPSAL) is joining forces with South Africa’s Adopt-a-School Foundation to improve education at a primary school in rural KwaZulu-Natal province.
EMEPSAL is committing more than 600,000 South African Rand (about US$55,000) to support the foundation’s whole school development concept, which brings crucial supplies to students, provides teacher training and improves school governance and leadership. The Ntshidi Primary School that will receive the funding is located in an area where the average monthly income is about $140.
“This partnership with ExxonMobil will help create a conducive learning and teaching environment at this school,” says Steven Lebere, executive director of the Adopt-a-School Foundation. The training and educational materials provided will focus on math and science courses.
“Math and science are high priorities for EMEPSAL because of a skills deficit in the technical fields,” says EMEPSAL General Manager Russ Berkoben, who attended the kick-off event at the school and presented school uniforms to more than 80 students. “We hope the materials we will be providing encourage students to pursue more math and science learning opportunities and consider careers in our industry in the future.”
Established in 2009, the Adopt-a-School Foundation seeks to engage the private sector and individuals in supporting both education and school development in South Africa.
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