The Datatec Educational and Technology Foundation (“Foundation”) funds educational organisations whose purpose it is to improve education within underprivileged communities in South Africa. Datatec recognises that education is the foundation on which a successful economy is built. More than 80% of Datatec’s R7 million CSI spend was directed into educational initiatives consisting of school level intervention programmes for learners, teacher development and educational bursaries. Other initiatives include the provision of technology infrastructure and skills development for unemployed youth.
It has been another successful year for the Foundation in realising its objectives to improve the quality of education in South Africa and create opportunities for those less fortunate. Datatec will continue to partner with organisations that are committed to helping South Africa’s youth escape the cycle of poverty in order to grow and develop more economically active citizens who can make a positive contribution to the economy that Datatec participates in. Here follows a summary of the Group’s CSI projects for the year under review.
CSI spend by MST category
- School level education
The following are approximate numbers of individuals who have benefited from the R7 million funding provided by the Foundation in FY16:
Total number of learners benefiting from school level intervention in mathematics and science 3 333 (FY15: 2 742)
Total number of teachers benefiting from extra training in mathematics and science 781 (FY15: 670)
Total number of students gaining access to bursaries 11 (FY15: 11)
Total number of individuals gaining access to computer technology 12 464 (FY15: 4 000+)
Total number of learners receiving career guidance 560 (FY15: 800)
Total number of individuals benefiting from skills development 1 657 (FY15: 1 248)
Total number of learners benefiting from better qualified teachers 100 000+ in various parts of the country
CSI spend by geography
- Eastern Cape
- Western Cape
- Eastern Cape
Secondary school level interventions – 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 the 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. The FY16 beneficiaries are set out in detail below:
|Beneficiary||Purpose||Datatec’s contribution FY16||FY16 outcomes|
|The Vula Programme||The Vula Programme is Hilton College’s educational outreach and community support initiative. It provides an educational service to around 90 under-resourced schools in disadvantaged communities in KwaZulu-Natal.||
In 2001, Datatec contributed towards the establishment of a Centre for Innovation, which meant the school could share resources, facilities and access to technology with less privileged schools in the area.
In FY16, Datatec funded three projects:
The Vula Mathematics Academy
The Vula Science Project
Vula Careers Day
|The Kutlwanong Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology – ProMaths||ProMaths assists learners to obtain decent passes (minimum C symbol) in mathematics and science in underprivileged schools.||Datatec has been involved with Kutlwanong since 2011, funding extra tuition in mathematics and science for 400 grade 10, 11 and 12 learners from 11 partner schools in the Mdantsane area of the Eastern Cape province. Learners receive tuition every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as during the school holidays.||
|The Tomorrow Trust||The Tomorrow Trust provides integrated academic and psychosocial support to orphaned and vulnerable children.||Datatec supports the senior Saturday and holiday school programme for 30 grade 9 and 30 grade 11 learners. The support is a longitudinal investment in a learner’s progress from one year to another. This support enables the learners to receive comprehensive academic lessons in mathematics, English, physical science, life science and computer science as well as providing career guidance support, leadership workshops, and psychosocial support.||
|OLICO Foundation||OLICO is a community-based academic support programme for township school youth with a focus on senior phase mathematics. The programme provides a pathway into high school mathematics by bridging the gaps in foundational understanding.||
Datatec supports the development of OLICO’s open-learning mathematics initiative. The programme offers academic support in mathematics for learners between grades 7 to 12.
Datatec contributed towards the programme director's annual salary in FY16