The company supports education in all areas – from pre-school to tertiary and adult basic education. Moreover, MBSA aims to help build a pipeline of young people with relevant practical skills to join the automotive industry by supporting skills development in the technical fields of engineering and technology.
The educational projects that Mercedes-Benz South Africa supports are:
• African Angels Independent School
• Ekukhanyeni Relief Project
• Laureus Sport for Good Foundation where Mercedes-Benz is the country patron
• Rally to Read
• School Transformation and Empowerment
• St. Anthony's Education and Skills Training Centre
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The African Angels Independent School is an independent learning centre situated in the East Coast Resorts area, near to East London, which was established in January 2012.
The main purpose of the school is to provide access to high quality primary school education for vulnerable and socially and economically disadvantaged children.
The school began with Grade R, 1 and 2 classes; with the intention of increasing by a grade every year to eventually include Grade 7. By 2015, the school was educating pupils up to Grade 5, with 83 learners enrolled in total.
It is anticipated that approximately 140 learners and over 45% of all families in the area will have a child enrolled at African Angels Independent School.
For more information, view www.sponsoranangel.org
The Ekukhanyeni Relief Project aims to improve the capacity of vulnerable communities to achieve and sustain food security, as well as provide effective early childhood care to its children and adult support network.
The project consists of the Early Childhood Development Programme, which aims to improve the availability of nutritious food to children in the settlement area of Lawley in Ext 3 in the City of Johannesburg, as well as the Food Security and Permaculture Programme, which encourages good gardening in impoverished communities.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa began supporting the Ekukhanyeni Relief Project by providing funding to the Early Childhood Development Programme for children between the ages of five and six years old.
For more information, visit: www.ekukhanyeni.org
Laureus comprises the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards, which collectively harness the power of sport to promote social change (and celebrate sporting excellence).
Mercedes-Benz South Africa has partnered as country patron with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the international Laureus Foundations’ national project which uses sport as a tool for social change. The organisation enables disadvantaged children of school-going age to change their lives by participating in supervised healthy pursuits while being equipped with life skills.
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation forms part of a global, apolitical charitable initiative which was established in the late nineties with Daimler as founding partner.
The Laureus YES Programme (Youth Empowerment through Sport) provides young people with training in leadership, community sports coaching, IT and job readiness. The skills gained enable youth to uplift their communities through sport. The YES Programme in particular is supported by Mercedes-Benz South Africa.
For more information, visit www.laureus.co.za
Over the years, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has joined hands with corporate sponsors, Bidvest and the Read Educational Trust to deliver educational material to identified schools through the Rally to Read initiative in the Eastern Cape.
Rally to Read focuses on improving the literacy of learners; and ensuring the appropriate storage, availability and management of reading materials in schools. The project also focuses on the training, support and monitoring of teachers, as well as entrenching effective teaching approaches and practices.
For more information, visit: www.rallytoread.co.za
The objective of the School Transformation Empowerment Programme is to improve the quality of teaching at selected schools in the Eastern Cape and in Gauteng. The programme helps aims to improve the quality and quantity of successful matric candidates, thus equipping learners to continue their studies successfully at tertiary institutions.
Through this programme, which was established in 2008, Mercedes-Benz South Africa provides funding to support the training of school managers, teachers and learners in primary and secondary schools in Tshwane West (Gauteng) and the Border Kei region (Eastern Cape).
The funding also provides:
All levels of the education hierarchy are included e.g. school managers, middle management, teachers, learners, and school governing bodies.
For more information, visit www.fundaafrika.org.za
St Anthony’s Education Centre started in 1966 in Reiger Park. St Anthony accommodates more than 1200 learners a day; a large number of the students come from the surrounding communities. Since its inception, thousands of students have benefitted from the quality education and training programmes that the centre offers.
The centre’s objectives are:
For more information, visit www.st-anthonyscentre.co.za.