Investec’s head of CSI, Setlogane Manchidi, said that the Group initiated its Promaths programme in 2005 with one hub in Soweto with 100 learners. This has since grown to eight Investec-funded hubs around the country with capacity for over 3500 learners. Talented grade 10, 11 and 12 learners are offered extra lessons, mainly in maths and science.
“Amazing results are produced year after year, hence Investec’s interest in the Knowledge Hub with a focus on maths and science. Our aim is to make a meaningful contribution in this space.”
Rockey said that in addition to the Knowledge Hub section on maths and science education, the portal provides information on school leadership and management (through partnering with Old Mutual), financial literacy (MMI Holdings), philanthropy (Nedbank Private Wealth), shared value (ABSA) and information communications technology in education (Vodacom). More Knowledge Hub topics are under development, with the goal of offering information across 12 development sectors at no cost to users.
“There is a wealth of CSI information available on everything from environmental issues to disaster relief. We are in talks with more companies to come on board and share their learnings with others so that they can help others address the challenges that our country faces.”
*(Centre for Development and Enterprise, Jeff McCarthy and Rebecca Oliphant, Mathematics outcomes in South African schools: What are the facts? What should be done? 2013).
Contact: To access the Knowledge Hub, see http://www.trialogue.co.za/knowledgehub. Companies interested in sponsoring a topic or contributing learnings and insights should contact Ruendree Govinder at firstname.lastname@example.org.