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Glencore Supports Education During The Lockdown

Chrisuné Vermeulen

As scholars edge towards their mid-year exams, many have been missing classes due to the school lockdown that was instated since March 16.

Glencore understands the importance of education in building a better future for the youth in their mine communities.

As a result, Glencore supports the Ligbron e-Learning System team to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education accessible to Grade 11 and 12 learners during the nationwide lockdown.

The Ligbron e-Learning System team worked hand in hand with the Department of Education to compile a comprehensive plan for learners during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

This programme makes it possible for learners with internet access to stream Maths and Science lessons during the lockdown and with 19 free Glencore WiFi hotspots of 1GB per user, more learners can stream the lessons.

Furthermore, the Department of Education has been provided with the recorded lessons which will be made available on SABC and DSTV channel 319 for learners without access to the internet.

Ligbron has also launched an app, with quality educational material for Grade 11 and 12 Maths and Science. The Ligbron e-Learning app covers all topics in the curriculum. Data costs will only apply when downloading the app, thereafter the app can be used for a year offline.

 “We partnered with Ligbron for e-learning because we understand the importance of education for learners from our mine communities. This partnership will ensure that the education of scholars continues during this very challenging time in our country,” said Noel Pillay, general manager for community and regulatory affairs at Glencore.

The e-Learning programme has been made available to schools in Mpumalanga where Glencore, Izimbiwa and Umsimbithi support 23 schools in the eMalahleni, Emakhazeni and Steve Tshwete municipalities.

The programme is set to reach over 13 000 students in various households while maintaining their responsibility to socially distance themselves from each other during this critical period.

Ligbron is streaming lessons on “ZOOM” and also on the “Ligbron Online School” YouTube Channel since April 14 and will continue for the duration of the nationwide lockdown.

(Chrisuné Vermeulen works for Witbank News)

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