Shell and Maths Centre aim to change perceptions about Mathematics and Science
Sep 04, 2014
Shell and Maths Centre, will host an open day to showcase an educational initiative designed to encourage learners to consider and value Mathematics and Science as subjects for further education and training. The event takes place at Victoria West Combined School, in Victoria West, Northern Cape.
The open day follows a theme called “Maps and Mirrors” which reflects two components of this initiative. One symbolises a map to a journey that empowers learners to achieving a productive social and economic life. While the second component will aide learners to reflect on their personal characters in order to gaze into careers most suited to their personal aspirations. All schools affiliated to the Maths Centre in this region will take part in this open day. Various stakeholders such as the district municipality officials, relevant state departments Mathematics and Science teachers will be invited.
Shell is delighted to work with the Maths Centre in offering this empowering initiative. “We believe that by creating a pragmatic culture of learning, we will be able to stimulate young people to embrace Mathematics and Science as viable subjects for career options” said Thandi Shadracks , Corporate Social Investment Advisor at Shell. This is in line with Shell’s strategic vision of addressing the scarcity of skills in these fields.
Mr Jan Lottering, The Maths Centre Provincial Manager for Northern Cape, emphasized that the relationship between Shell and the Maths Centre is in response to the lack of crucial skills among the youth in the Northern Cape and among the broader South African society. This open day is one of the tools aimed at creating an enabling and fun environment to learning Mathematics and Science. This is a significant initiative developed to assist and guide learners in making informed career choices.
The open day marks one of a number of planned Corporate Social Investment programmes aimed at addressing the scarcity of skills in the Karoo. This is a reflection of Shell’s global commitment to improving and enhancing the labor market skills of the communities of importance to Shell and consequently enhance Shell’s labour supply and recruiting pipeline.
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