Coega donates Maths and Science equipment to ECape girls school

MAY 25, 2016

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on 25 May donated Maths and Science Equipment to the Mt Arthur Girls High School at Bangindlala village near Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape.

The initiative forms part of the CDC’s outcome based approach on socio economic development, with handover being the result of a partnership between the Lady Frere District office and Bambindlala Non-Profit Organisation (NPO).

At the launch, Phaphama Mfenyana from Bambindlala NPO explained that “we learnt of Coega’s programme through our interest in the education sector. We have witnessed their mobile skills lab in Umthatha and thought it would be a wonderful initiative to duplicate at this school.”

“We are very grateful to Coega because they appreciate the fact that we have given ourselves to the growth of maths and science to the province. Coega has kept to their promise as they are back here today to fulfil that promise,” adds Mfenyana.

Thandi Rayi, CDC CSI Manager, who was the guest speaker at the event, added that “community development programmes are key to our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) approach. The Maths and Science programme has played an important role in equipping scholars in high school with the critical analytical skills,”

Mfenyana added that “today’s event is even more special, due to the fact that it’s Africa Day and we, as Africans are benefiting from this initiative.”

One of the scholars we spoke on behalf of the school said “we the learners applaud CDC for the effort that they have made to make sure that we benefit from this initiative.

“We are even more encouraged by the fact that they’ve travelled all the way from PE to come to our school and present this equipment, it will benefit us largely and as learners we appreciate it greatly,”

Rayi added that “we understand that at times, some schools don’t have the necessary equipment to assist with familiarising scholars with science equipment. More often than not, when scholars get to university they aren’t familiar with some of the equipment that is used at Universities.”

“Our mobile lab sites primarily are meant to benefit no less than five schools per area. This helps with ensuring that there’s mass participation in the programme and that many scholars benefit from the mobile labs” added Rayi.


CAPTION: Grade 12 scholars from Mt Arthur Girls High School at Bangindlala village near Lady Frere with the maths and science equipment donated by the CDC. Left to right – Refiwe Masayeli (19), Zizo Damane (18) and Zizipho Ciko (19).