"[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."
— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015
In this day and age, more people are using technology but few are playing a role in this technology or pursuing studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). South Africa still faces a shortage of suitably qualified STEM graduates which results in a massive industry need for talented people with relevant knowledge and skills.
STEM is at the heart of Shell. We understand the importance of these fields, and through our STEM-related programmes and partnerships with learning institutions, we aim to equip future generations with the skills to lead the emerging energy transition.
Our goal is to inspire young people to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Shell has created various education platforms where teachers are trained to impart the subject of Mathematics and Science to primary and high school pupils.
We also support the youth with bursaries to pursue STEM related studies at institutions of higher learning. Supporting STEM related programmes from primary school all the way through to tertiary education.
Shell’s Education programmes focus on building educator and learner capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to reduce scarce skills and also create a talent pipeline for Shell.
- Rally to Numeracy – Our flagship education programme was introduced in 2011 and has now been rolled out in Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Free State. The programme has helped to increase educator understanding and teaching of the Mathematic syllabus - in turn improved the numeracy levels in beneficiary schools.
- Scholarships for Maths & Science learners - Shell has adopted 5 schools in Ekhurhuleni where we support learners and educators broadly with Maths and Science and provide high performing pupils with bursaries to pursue STEM.
- Bursary programme – Shell provides bursaries for tertiary education annually based on financial need and high academic performance.
Shell has partnered with institutions such as the Maths Centre and the Read Foundation, giving quality STEM learning opportunities and talented teachers to students, aiming to cultivate about 50% of STEM learners by 2020 in this field of development. We work hard to achieve world-leading education to ensure that students have the chance to study as well as be inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics creating an opportunity for students to reach their full potential.
At Shell, we contribute skills and resources to the society and community where we operate in order to provide a lasting benefit to the community and to Shell.
We believe that young people need to be prepared to think deeply, to learn how to tackle real world problems with STEM disciplines in order to become innovators, researchers and the leaders who will be able to solve the challenges facing our nation in the present day as well as the future.
Learn well, with Shell.