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Anglo American has launched a new education programme, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, to improve outcomes for learners in 100 early childhood development sites and 100 primary and secondary schools near its operations in South Africa.

The programme was launched at the Ivory Park Secondary School near Midrand by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, and Anglo American South Africa Deputy Chairman Norman Mbazima.

Anglo American has made a substantial investment in education and skills development in South Africa over many years and, in the last five years alone, has invested more than R780 million, largely on infrastructure and Grade 12 learner support.

“By building on the decades of investment we’ve made in education, we will refocus our resources to provide wide-ranging and quality education, from childhood learning to matric, for the learners in the communities where we operate in South Africa so that they can build a better tomorrow,” comments Mbazima.

“It is extremely symbolic that as we celebrate 100 years since the birth of our founding President Nelson Mandela, Anglo American will contribute to the development of 100 schools and 100 early childhood development sites across the country," notes Motshekga.

"We know that the education of our nation’s children was extremely close to the heart of our late President, and we feel this is a fitting tribute that will take our country forward.

"Now more than ever, we need civil society and business to work with us as Government to ensure we continue to build a quality education system.

"Our collaboration with Anglo American is an example of what is possible when government partners with business to contribute to accelerating progress in education," states Motshekga.

“At Anglo American, we know that the greatest investment we can make in our country’s future is to give our children access to high-quality education," adds Mbazima.

"Education can play a significant role in improving people’s lives by tackling the triple challenges of poverty, inequality, and unemployment that South Africa faces.

"We’re excited about the potential of this programme to improve the lives of those living around our operations in South Africa,” he continues.

The programme has been developed in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, and complements its 2019 action plan—Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2030, which details strategies that aim to improve the performance of South Africa’s schooling system.

Programme outline

The Anglo American South Africa Education Programme aims to improve reading, writing and numeracy levels and quality passes through addressing some of the underlying reasons for poor education outcomes by supporting school management teams, governing bodies, principals and teaching staff.