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Cell c partners with primestars in #savetheclass2020 matriculation initiative

Monday, 7 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown has had a massive impact on education in South Africa, with nearly 800 000 Matric learners out of school with for over two month.

With high schools opening for Grade 12 very recently, many of these learners will struggle to catch up with their required work on Maths and Science ahead of their final exams.

While learners from ex-model C and private schools had access to online learning during the closure, learners from township and rural schools were seriously disadvantaged by the very limited access and use of technologies which would have allowed teachers to remain in contact with them during the lockdown.

The focus on Maths and Science studies is particularly important for local school pupils as the country greatly needs to elevate its graduates’ results; in 2019, the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked the quality of South Africa's Maths and Science education last out of 148 countries.

Cell C is proud to announce its partnership with youth development company Primestars and its YouthStart Foundation as part of the #SavingTheClassOf2020 project, which is geared towards helping learners across South Africa, complete their Matric. They will collaborate on the EDUCATE IS A COVID-19 RESPONSE campaign with Cell C participating as the digital partner to the Matric Maths and Science Revision programme, named eduCate. Cell C has also zero-rated Primestar’s website.

eduCate covers the entire matric Math and Science curriculum and the weekly cinema lessons are simultaneously broadcast to 25 digitized cinemas across the country, over 10 weeks and 25 hours.

Learners also interact with subject experts who are available at each venue to address questions from the learners. Each learner receives a revision textbook as well.

The programme will be launched with other stakeholders including business, media and government then rolled out to thousands of matriculants on various platforms, including cinema, in-school and online, across the country.

“The education of young learners in South Africa is part of Cell C’s DNA, says Juliet Mhango, Cell C’s Human Capital Development and Transformation Chief Officer. "From Take A Girl Child To Work Day, to our Data Science Academy and Cell C Bursaries, we make every effort to empower our youth. We’re proud to partner with Primestars and YouthStart Foundation on #SavingTheClassOf2020, to help learners complete their final exams in what has been a very challenging year."

"These are extraordinary times that demand extraordinary responses and Cell C, Primestars and Youthstars Foundation are driving a movement of like-minded individuals and organisations that will step up and help to get our learners back to academic productivity – safely. It is up to citizens to create the change they seek by making education a pivotal part of COVID-19 response," she says.

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