Sage Foundation, in partnership with Hot 91.9 FM, have awarded a R85,000 grant to PROTEC, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that aims increase the number of matric school leavers with the interest and ability to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Sage Foundation together with Hot Cares, a Hot 91.9 initiative, is providing five R85,000 grants each quarter, for a year, to a registered NPO in wider Johannesburg that helps youth in marginalised sectors better themselves in the fields of computer technology, software development, or education. Last quarter, it donated a grant to the Melisizwe School Computer Lab Project.
PROTEC provides supplementary maths, physical science, English and technology education and career development programmes to boost performance in key school subjects and prepare youth for the careers of the future. It aims to give disadvantaged learners opportunities to move into STEM studies and careers as well as to build the country's math and technology skill base.
Says Terence Ndlovu, Soweto Branch Manager of PROTEC, "For South Africa to transform its capacity to produce more qualified individuals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), it is imperative to partner with corporates such as Sage. The grant from Sage Foundation will enable PROTEC to match potential with opportunity, through identifying and nurturing academically gifted young learners from disadvantaged communities in Soweto."
Says Joanne van der Walt, Sage Foundation Programme Manager for Africa: "Too few previously disadvantaged scholars pass or even write matric mathematics and science, denying them the opportunity to study to become doctors, accountants, engineers, scientists and more. PROTEC is helping to change that, building the workforce of the future and changing the lives of the youths who embark on its programmes. It is an excellent example of the sort of organisation we want to help with our grants."
PROTEC has delivered measurable results in STEM education:
- 96,9% matric pass rate versus the national average pass rate of 70,7%
- 75% of PROTEC learners pursue STEM courses at tertiary level
- +30 000 disadvantaged learners have successfully passed through the PROTEC programme and are now qualified as engineers, doctors, scientists, educators and more
Says Lloyd Madurai, Managing Director and Founder of Multiple Award-Winning Radio Station, Hot 91.9 FM: "PROTEC learners are from some of South Africa's most disadvantaged communities and defy the odds in pursuit of their goals. We are proud to support PROTEC because we can see from its track record that has already made a meaningful difference for thousands of dedicated, talented learners who have gone on to have great careers in their chosen field."
Sage Foundation and Hot 91.9 FM will be awarding further grants for the next two quarters to successful applicants. For an application to be considered, it must be:
- from a registered charity in South Africa;
- focused on programmes that support the youth or women in technology or education;
- able to measure impact as a result of the donation; and
- located in greater Johannesburg.
The next grant application process with Sage Foundation and Hot 91.9 FM will take place in January 2018. Listen on air for more detail or visit the Hot 91.9 FM website: http://www.hot919fm.com/the-sage-foundation/