ENHANCING EDUCATION

ENHANCING EDUCATION

Overview

With the recent results showing that South Africa ranked 138 out of 140 countries in a quality of education survey, Novus Holdings recognised that improving education in South Africa is a key concern. We are deeply invested in providing education solutions that will shape the future leaders of our country and build for a better tomorrow.

Grow Smart – 2017

Novus Holdings partnered with Growthpoint Properties for this year’s Storybook and Newspaper competition. These endeavours, supported by the Western Cape Education Department are aimed at improving primary school education levels.
We contributed R65, 990 in print sponsorship for the two competitions which are aimed at pupils in Grades 4 – 6.

Mobile Libraries – Phumelela Primary School – 2017

We donated seven mobile libraries to Phumelela Primary School situated in Kwa Mashu, Kwa ZuluNatal. These innovative mobile libraries can be wheeled from one classroom to another which makes it easily accessible to all learners. The learners at Phumelela Primary come from communities which do not have access to a library and it is shown that access to libraries improves learners’ performance and increases their chances of success.

Mandela Day 2016

To honour the exceptional life of the late Nelson Mandela who dedicated 67 years to changing the lives of all South Africans, on Monday 18 July we volunteered 67-minutes of our time to the Marconi Beam Primary School.
Established in 2004, Marconi Beam Primary is currently responsible for the education of 1 568 learners, most of whom are from the Joe Slovo informal settlement. Situated less than a kilometre away from our Montague Gardens offices and facilities, our involvement was focused on contributing the following:

• Painting classrooms and an existing jungle gym
• Cleaning the school grounds by removing litter and rubble, thus ensuring that their break-time areas were safe and clean
• Installing a new jungle gym
• Providing the Grade R classes with educational essentials such as filled pencil cases, magazines and paper reel ends that can be used for child development in creativity and expression.
• Donating sporting equipment for the learners, such as soccer balls and bibs for two teams, netball bibs, poles with nets and balls for two teams,
• Training cones and whistles for physical education activities.

This corporate sponsorship directly aligns with our Future Foundations Initiative, which aims to build strong foundations for future growth by focusing on improving education and empowering learners, developing the skills of our local workforce and engaging with our immediate community.

Contact:

E.A. Plaatjies-resha
021 555 1764

Do and Learn – 2016

We assisted the Do and Learn program, at Belhar Primary School, by supplying learning materials. We made a financial aid contribution to the value of R 21,700, which allowed the school to buy a total of 210 books, 140 flashcards and 70 A3 clear bags.
This program’s main objective is to offer learners the chance to improve their literacy skills, focusing especially on Grade R students, and the result of the sponsorship meant that at the end of the year there was a significant difference in the learners’ language results.
The school was one of ten schools randomly selected by the Metropole North Education District for Literacy Pre- and Post-Testing. At both the Pre- and Post-testing the selected learners were unanimously praised for their literacy abilities. This testing was done by an independent company and was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Contact:

Do and Learn Office
021 975 1722

Knysna Rotary – Sivuyele School for the Deaf – 2016

Water access is vital for students’ health and their ability to learn, and so when heard that Sivuyele School for the Deaf had no water supply, we felt we had to assist with financial aid to remedy this situation in order to ensure that the school had all the running water it needed.

Contact:

AndileTafeni
083 513 8411.

NorthWay Primary School – 2016

Northway Primary School is situated in Ravensmead, in the Western Cape. The school specialises in Maths, Science and Technology.
When the school mentioned that they required financial aid for their arts and culture projects and to assist learners with job shadowing opportunities, all projects that directly align to our belief of giving a hand-up and not a handout, we decided to pitch in and donate a much needed R5 000.

Contact:

D.A Ockhuis
021 931 3307

1000 Libraries Campaign – 2015

Launched in 2015 by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, the 1000 Libraries Campaign opened a new library at Uvuyo Primary School in Mofolo North in Soweto. In line with our ethos that education is fundamental to the growth and development of both individuals and South Africa as a whole, the Future Foundations Initiative donated R6, 700 towards the library that year. Last year, to coincide with Mandela Month, we donated a further R6, 700 towards the library.
In 2016 we also we donated R6700 four other schools to go towards their libraries. The schools were Iphahamiseng Primary School in Gauteng, Vredefort Primary School in the Free State, Laerskool Malelane in Mpumalanga, and Rampine Primary School in the North West Province.

The Emagqabini Academy – 2015

Founded by husband and wife team Cindy Mkaza and Linda Siboto, the Emagqabini Education Academy was established to provide support for children struggling with homework. It was started because of one of the founders’ personal experience within our education system – Cindy watched her younger sister receive poor marks at school because of the lack of assistance with her homework.
The Academy offers basic Maths and English classes every Saturday at the Site B library in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, for grade 8-10 learners. The tutors, many of whom are teachers and other community members, all volunteer to provide these extra classes.
The support provided by the Future Foundations Initiative began in 2014 when we donated two laptops, a projector and basic stationary for the learners. A further donation was also made to contribute towards providing an internet connection and transport both for tutors and pupils
Our continued support in its second year meant that the Emagqabini Education Academy could enroll 60 students who were provided with branded clothing for learners and tutors, as well as notes and workbooks printed by Novus Holdings. Following a feature in our internal newspaper, People Inc, one of our own employees, LukhanyoGunundu, offered his services as a Maths tutor.

Contact:

Cindy Mkaza-Siboto: cindy@emagqabini-edu.org
Linda Siboto: l.siboto@gmail.com
Tel: 0218236981

94+ Schools Project – 2012

The 94+ Schools Project for Madiba began as a celebration of our former president, Nelson Mandela, to honour his legacy and to pay tribute to his views on education:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
By providing financial aid that is aimed at improving the infrastructure of more than 94 schools across South Africa, this project gives hope and dignity to the learners attending these schools.
As one of our CSI projects, Novus Holdings chose Clarkebury Senior Secondary School because of its association with the projects inspiration, Madiba.
Clarkebury Senior Secondary School – Boasting Nelson Mandela as a former student, it seemed only fitting that Clarkeburyis on the list of education institutions to receive corporate sponsorship from the Future Foundations Initiative. The Eastern Cape school, near Ngcobo, first received assistance from the Foundations Initiative in 2012 when a multi-purpose sports court was erected. Despite challenges such as the excavation of 470 tons of rock and lack of tarred roads which hampered access at times, the project was a huge success.
At the official handover ceremony which was held in conjunction with the Department of Education and attended by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, sporting equipment including bibs, soccer balls, whistles and basketballs were also given to the school.
Learners from the school and the community as a whole have benefited from this facility, and the school’s pass rate increased from 74.6% in 2012 to 85.9% in 2013.