With the start of the new school year, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) journey to
ignite a love for science and mathematics
among 1 600 intermediate phase learners, is in full swing.
Initiated in January 2017, the Mathematics and Science Primary School Project is a joint initiative between TNPA and the Johannesburg-based maths and science education company, SCIMAT Education and Disposals.
A Level one B-BBEE company, SCIMAT focuses on teacher and pupil development through equipment provision, practical training workshops and school-based support within the mathematics and science fields.
As with TNPA’s original adopted schools programme for high schools, this intermediate phase programme derives its essence from the National Ports Act of 2005, which enables the Authority to collaborate with educational institutions in conjunction with the Department of Education.
Aimed at grade 4 to 7 pupils and teachers, the primary school programme originated when TNPA recognised a gap in the academic structure between primary and secondary school learners.
The programme will directly impact 200 young minds at each of the eight schools.
TNPA Corporate Social Investment Manager, Shadi Montjane said: “Feedback and consultation with high school educators revealed the need to create affinity for Mathematics and Physical Science at the foundation phase in order to create a solid foundation on which to build on later.