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Willowton Group Donates R100 000 In Science Kits To KZN High Schools

In March 2017 four additional high schools in the uMlazi area each received a donation of science kits from Pietermaritzburg-based Willowton Group, manufacturers of Sunfoil cooking oil. The kits were presented to principals of the schools at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Circle of Excellence Awards held at Coastlands Hotel.

 

 “Willowton Group aims, through the donation of science kits, to increase the number of learners graduating in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Farouk Moosa, Executive Director at Willowton Group. “With the right tools learners are given the chance after graduation to succeed at their studies.” 

 

Pictured at the Circle of Excellence Awards are from left: Prof Marcus Ramogale (Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal of MUT), Mr AN (Vusi) Dumakude (delighted Principal of Umlazi Senior Secondary) Mr Farouk Moosa (Executive Director Willowton Group), Nareshini Ranganthan (Edutrade) and Ahmed Motala (New Africa).

 

Willowton Group Donates R100 000 In Science Kits To KZN High Schools

Willowton Group has been donating science and maths kits to schools in KwaZulu-Natal for the past three years. The science kits are equipped for practical experiments for grades 10 to 12 and bring to life the theory taught in schools as learners perform the experiments.

In March 2017 four additional high schools in the uMlazi area each received a donation of science kits from Pietermaritzburg-based Willowton Group, manufacturers of Sunfoil cooking oil. The kits were presented to principals of the schools at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Circle of Excellence Awards held at Coastlands Hotel. The schools that received science kits are Umlazi Senior Secondary School, Vukuzakhe High School, Okumhlophe Secondary School and Shumayela Secondary School.

“Willowton Group aims, through the donation of science kits, to increase the number of learners graduating in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Farouk Moosa, Executive Director at Willowton Group. “With the right tools learners are given the chance after graduation to succeed at their studies.”

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its Global Information Technology Report 2016, which ranked South Africa last in mathematics and science education quality. South Africa also finished close to last – 137 out of 139 countries – when looking at the overall quality of its education system.

The Circle of Excellence Awards serves to recognise and honour the top performing schools in the uMlazi District in various categories including maths, physical science and accounting.

“These science kits give learners greater exposure to the practical side of science, resulting in a higher level of education,” continued Moosa. “It is imperative that corporate business assist learners throughout South Africa by donating equipment required at schools for key learning in subjects such as science and mathematics.”

The valuable donations, which were made to the top three performing science schools as well as the most improved school in science, will cover the FET physical sciences curriculum for Grades 10 to 12. The topics covered include mechanics – waves, sound and light – matter and material as well as chemical change. The kits are valued at R100 000 and contain all the necessary chemicals for the experiments, and are housed in a lockable metal cabinet with topic trays. They also come complete with a teacher’s guide and learner worksheets.

 

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