Protec launched its 2017 programme at the Hofmeyr Secondary School in Atteridgeville, Pretoria on Saturday 28 January. Protec’s goal is to empower South Africa’s youth with optimal scientific, mathematics, technology, engineering and life skills to access and succeed in STEM-based careers delivered through learning programmes by qualified and experienced tutors, uplifting the standard of STEM education and mentoring learners through tertiary studies and their first working years.
Core mathematics and the sciences are key gateway subjects that open up most higher education opportunities; they are critical competencies for the development of sorely-needed high-level skills. These in turn are vital for job creation, economic growth and the full development of national capacities.
“The quality of South Africa’s maths and science education needs improvement – according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report,” explains Rosalind Hattingh, Managing Director at Sabinet.
“This is why we support non-profit organisation, Protec. Through Protec, learners gain access to enhanced teaching, skills development, mentoring and so much more both in high school and during tertiary education,” adds Ros.
In addition to providing more career opportunities to young people, STEM-based careers may also offer a solution to narrowing the socio-economic divide for those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds as people in scientific occupations typically earn more than those working in other fields. Furthermore, the more diverse those joining the STEM professions, the more innovative and responsive the STEM workforce is expected to be.
“With our support, the leaders of tomorrow are more likely to develop logic skills, analytical skills, and organisational skills among others; all critical abilities for our youth and our country that can be improved and augmented by Protec’s positive impact,” concludes Ros.