Defence does its bit for Mandela Day


A component of Armscor’s corporate social responsibility saw the Defence and Military Veterans Minister called on to represent the entire South African defence sector during a Mandela Day presentation in Eastern Cape today.

According to the Defence and Military Veterans Ministry, the South African Department of Education has, since the advent of democracy, put a lot of effort into addressing challenges faced by students and teachers, particularly from low socio-economic status and previously disadvantaged schools.
“Nevertheless, teaching and learning subjects such as maths and science remain a solemn challenge in South Africa,” a Ministry statement said.

This saw Armscor enter into a national partnership with schools and universities to explore ways of assisting those teaching and learning the so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

This partnership last year saw Armscor collaborate with the University of Fort Hare to educate and raise awareness about the importance of maintaining and developing a South African defence capability. To further stimulate interest in the STEM subjects, students were offered extra lessons on Saturdays as part of a LIP (learner intervention programme).

This has to date seen 280 students from 30 schools in and around Bisho and Alice, where the university is headquartered, markedly up their knowledge and skills in these subjects.

As a national sector contribution to Mandela Day, Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula today (July 18) presented mobile labs to four Eastern Cape schools associated with LIP.
“Our hope is for every learner to have a solid education and we believe intervention programmes go a long way to empowering students to reach their full potential,” she said ahead of the handover.