Highlights for the year

The following are approximate numbers of individuals who have benefited from the R7 million funding provided by the Trust in FY 2016:

Direct beneficiaries

Total number of learners benefiting from school-level intervention in maths and science 3 333

Total number of individuals gaining access to computer technology 12 464

Total number of individuals benefiting from skills development 1 657

Total number of students gaining access to bursaries 11

Total number of learners receiving career guidance 560

Total number of teachers benefiting from extra training in maths and science 781

Indirect beneficiaries

Total number of learners benefiting from better qualified teachers 100 000+

School-level intervention programmes – Teacher and learner development

Datatec funds non-profit organisations that provide professional development to teachers as well as organisations that provide secondary school-level intervention programmes focused on improving results in mathematics, science and English. The primary objective of our secondary school-level intervention programmes is to improve the performance of previously disadvantaged learners in these subjects, thus enabling them to obtain better grades in order to gain entry into tertiary institutions in order to study disciplines such as medicine, engineering and accounting.

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Provision of technology infrastructure

As a leading global technology company, Datatec recognises that access to ICT is vital in a growing economy and it is the Trust’s objective to provide previously disadvantaged individuals and communities with access to computer equipment for the purposes of education, job creation and community support.

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Bursaries for tertiary studies

The Trust supports not only secondary but also tertiary education and believes that the investment in maths and science at secondary level will grow South Africa’s talent pool of students studying engineering, medicine, science and accounting. For this reason, Datatec dedicates a portion of its CSI funding to bursaries in the field of accounting.

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Skills development

South Africa has a high rate of youth unemployment and many young people do not have formal tertiary education or vocational training. South African youth are not participating in the economy, nor acquiring the skills and work experience they need to assist in driving the economy forward. Not only are youth finding it more and more difficult to secure jobs due to inadequate job opportunities, but they lack skills, work experience, job search abilities and financial resources to find employment. Youth unemployment is one of the greatest socio-economic problems currently facing South Africa, leading to tremendous human suffering and resultant consequences of crime, violence, women and child abuse, and societal instability.

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