Social responsibility 2017-02-21T17:07:10+00:00

Social responsibility

K2 Capital supports the Thandulwazi Trust

Across the spectrum, educational and political analysts have recognised that South African education is in crisis. Our schooling system is not producing enough well-skilled and competent learners, with Maths and Science abilities, to meet the needs and demands of our growing economy. Further, the teaching profession is not attracting sufficient graduates, in key learning areas, to meet the country’s future educational demands. It has become clear that the task of reforming and revitalising education in South Africa is too big for government alone. Hence, private-public educational partnerships and collaboration are critical if we are to turn around South African education, particularly in key subjects like Mathematics and Physical Science. Thandulwazi is a successful example of just such a partnership.

Established in 2006 by the St Stithians Foundation, the Thandulwazi Maths & Science Academy is a Johannesburg-based educational community engagement programme. It was developed out of the need for effective action in addressing the critical issues pertaining to the teaching of Maths and Science (Physical and Life) in schools in and around Gauteng. Thandulwazi (isiZulu for “the love of learning”) aims to improve the quality of Maths and Science teaching and learning, among the group described as historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA), mainly from under-resourced schools, through targeted interventions aimed at training new teachers; professional development and up-skilling of current educators; and the provision of quality extra tuition to FET phase (Grade 10, 11 and 12) learners on Saturdays.

Thandulwazi, described by one of its beneficiaries as “ubuntu in action”, is a nation-building programme, which recognises that education is a gift for life. The programme aims to empower young South Africans, so that they can flourish, succeed and break the cycle of poverty in which many HDSA communities are trapped. In our view, the best way to do so is through education. By giving a greater number of young people access to quality education, we are providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to become active and contributing members of the broader South African community and economy. Effective, well trained and professional teachers play a critical role if this goal is to be achieved.

For further information, please refer to the website www.stithian.com or contact thandulwazi@stithian.com.