Maths revision drive bears fruit
"I HAD to miss church on Sundays to attend maths and science lessons at Maponya Mall (in Soweto), but it was all worth it, Zihle Thembekwayo said.
Thembekwayo, 18, shared her success story at the second launch of the EduC8 Maths and Science Matric Revision Initiative in Sandton, Johannesburg, yesterday.
Currently studying chemical engineering at Wits University, Thembekwayo said her performance in these "crucial" subjects had improved after attending the cinematic lessons.
The initiative, which started in July 2011, is aimed at assisting learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their performance in maths and science.
The project involves prerecorded lessons that are presented at a cinematic theatre. The project was formulated to boost the performance of learners and to bridge the country's skills shortage.
According to Primestars marketing manager Martin Sweet the previous year's success has prompted a re-launch of the programme.
Sweet added that the goal was to expand EduC8 to other parts of the country, including Witbank, Richards Bay and Kuruman.
"In areas where we don't have cinemas we will create them," Sweet said.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga commended 8.ta (Telkom), Primestars, BHP Billiton and Samsung for their wonderful work in supporting the initiative.
"We all know that maths and science education is the foundation for many of the jobs needed to develop the country's infrastructure and therefore our economy's growth," she said.
Motshekga said the learners receiving aid from these companies will one day be their CEOs and directors.
5FM radio DJ and Idols judge Gareth Cliff, who is also an ambassador for EduC8, expressed his admiration for the dedication shown by the learners at the sessions.
"I hope we can have another 10 years of this when we will say, 'well done to another year of success'."
Lessons for this year will take place every Sunday from July 22 to September 23 at 17 Ster-Kinekor cinemas throughout the country.