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Nedbank continues its support for disadvantaged learners with R2.5m

Nedbank Back to School Campaign 2013


Nedbank is carrying on with its ongoing commitment to tackle the challenges of education and poverty in South Africa and making an investment of R2.5 million towards its 2013 Back to School Campaign.

Nedbank is highly involved in local communities and this recent investment will help and assist 2000 disadvantaged learners across the nation. Students will begin the new school year comfortably with brand new uniforms, shoes, stationery, books and bags.

The Back to School campaign was launched in 2011. Since its inception, Nedbank has invested over R4 million to the campaign and all funds have been used to purchase uniforms and stationery. Up to now, in excess of 4000 primary and high school learners have benefitted from the campaign.

As part of Nedbanks Fundisa  programme, the Back to School campaign follows a two-pillar education intervention model. The first pillar, starts from early childhood development all the way through to tertiary education, with a focus on an individuals education across the  students life stages, .

The second pillar is focused on holistic support for schools who gain benefit from the Fundisa programme producing a more effective and efficient overall school system. The programme focuses primarily on school infrastructure, teacher training, building leadership capacity and providing classroom-based support leading to a higher quality and more effective schools. Research studies have confirmed that to be able to have effective schools we have to ensure that schools are built with a foundation of strong leadership, quality teaching, resourced learners, adequate infrastructure, community involvement, and proper academic support.

“Education is one of our corporate social responsibility’s (CSR) focus areas and we are determined to enable as many learners as we can to focus on their studies rather than on school resources. The Back to School campaign ensures that even those learners from disadvantaged backgrounds have an equal chance of being the best students they can be,” said Mrs. Kone Gugushe Divisional Executive for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nedbank.

Nedbank is calling out and encouraging all individuals and organisations in South Africa to help with their campaign by donating uniforms, shoes, bags and stationery. These can be dropped off at any Nedbank branch. Monetary donations can also be made with a minimum of R100 to the following savings account 2001120915 using “Back to School” as reference. Aside from that, individuals can SMS ‘school’ to 40017 to donate R20.

The objective is to raise R500,000 worth of donated items for this campaign, which will reach a further 500 learners. The campaign will end on 31 January 2012.


PetroSA to assist graduate research students

In an attempt to preserve skilled black graduates as academics, the University of Johannesburg has recently been given a cash boost from PetroSA in order to aid historically-disadvantaged learners within the areas of research, innovation and advancement.

The R3 million gift to the university stands out as the extension of the South Africa’s national oil company’s scholarship programme to finance black and female post-graduate applicants in the levels of Masters and PhD studies.

The programme commenced in 2009 and to date, a sum of R9 million has already been provided by the oil company, the donation is valued at R3 million a year, over three years.

Referred to as the Next Generation Scholars programme, it is designed to alter the face of postgraduate studies throughout the country by concentrating on the value of research results in universities.

PetroSA spokesperson Thabo Mabaso stated that the programme started out after the realisation that the majority of research at South African universities is presently being performed by mature, predominately male, white academics.

“A number of universities happen to be dependent upon post-retirement agreements with senior researchers to help maintain research outputs, the absence of a whole new generation of students is without a doubt having an influence on the longer term of academic research,” Mabaso explained, adding the fact that the company’s monetary gift facilitates with the discovering of new skilled research workers.

Students are generally chosen on grounds of their academic record, their specific skills and expertise for and disposition when it comes to an academic career, and whether or not their particular disciplines complement the UJ’s research and academic niches.

PetroSA’s Acting President and CEO Nkosemntu Nika stated the company is undoubtedly a proud innovator of cutting-edge technology and leaders in its field and as a consequence inspire the development and nurturing of academic skills.

“That is the reason why we have been active in the Next Generation Scholars programme, this will likely make certain that we establish a group of skilled young professionals, primarily from historically-disadvantaged communities not to mention this can only be good for the country,” said Nika.

Source: BuaNews