Friday, 07 September 2012

26 TEACH Ambassadors to be placed in disadvantaged schools in rural areas to address skills shortage in Maths and Science, thanks to mine's intervention

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26 TEACH Ambassadors – highly skilled and motivated university graduates who commit to teaching for a minimum of two years – will be placed in disadvantaged schools, following the signing of a two-year contract between Assmang Limited (Assmang), (a 50/50 joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) Limited and Assore Limited) and TEACH South Africa.

Through the Assmang and TEACH South Africa partnership, the teaching of Maths, Science and English in Assmang's host communities (covering Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Kwa-Zulu Natal) will be strengthened.  The majority of schools in rural areas in South Africa have a skill shortage of teachers and Assmang, together with TEACH South Africa, are committed towards adding to the existing staff compliment in these schools by placing recent graduates for a period of two years. 

TEACH South Africa identified the need to address the national skills shortage in the areas of Maths, Science, English and Technology and has subsequently up to date signed up 154 dynamic graduates from leading universities since 2009,placing them in schools where their skills are most needed, and typically within disadvantaged areas.  Assmang shares the same vision and passion to improve education in schools located in the rural communities of the country and partnering with TEACH South Africa will provide the solution to improving learner achievement.

The Chairman of TEACH South Africa, Mrs Futhi Mtoba together with the Co-founders, Dr MothomangDiaho and Mr Richard Masemola are delighted that companies such as Assmang can make a contribution towards education and improving learner achievement.  TEACH South Africa is looking forward to a long and lasting partnership with Assmang.

Mr André Joubert, Chief Executive: ARM Ferrous Operations said: "ARM is committed to the provision of education and skills to all South Africans, but in particular to marginalised and historically disadvantaged persons. In partnering with TEACH South Africa, we believe we can help to address some of the challenges faced in education at a systemic level. At the same time, the support to learners in key areas (Maths, Science and English) will contribute in the medium and longer term to a growing pool of skilled labour within our host communities".

For more information please contact:

Media contact
Ruth Coggin
Tel: 011 487 0026
Cell: 082 903 5819
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African Rainbow Minerals (ARM)

Corné Dippenaar
Tel: 011 779 1478
Cell: 083-380-6614
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About ARM

African Rainbow Minerals Limited, ARM, is a leading South African diversified mining and minerals company, with world-class long-life, low unit cost assets. ARM owns ferrous and base metals, platinum, coal and copper operations and holds a strategic interest in the gold mining sector through its shareholding in Harmony. 

www.arm.co.za 

TEACH South Africa

Dr MothomangDiaho

Tel: 011 209 8067
Cell: 082 611 1984
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About TEACH South Africa

TEACH South Africa is a business sector led initiative that seeks to rectify one of the major factors preventing South Africa from being able to sustainably meet the GDP growth requirements needed to alleviate the unemployment and poverty that is found in many of the country's communities.

www.teachsouthafrica.org 

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