Johannesburg, July 14, 2020 – Today, Total South Africa has sponsored the creation of a community hall for the Langa Education Assistance Program (LEAP) Science and Maths School, which has now officially opened in Diepsloot, Johannesburg. Due to the COVID-19 social distancing regulations, the launch took place virtually via a video address to community members.
The LEAP Science and Maths School which was officially opened in 2011 through a partnership with the South African Corporate Aveng Group is dedicated to providing science and mathematics lessons to 254 learners in Diepsloot to ensure they are given an opportunity to excel in these subjects. This specialised education equips learners as they follow career paths in the relevant industries, to help curb the national shortage of skills in these learning areas and talent shortage in the qualified workforce.
“As part of our Corporate Social initiatives, in particular on behalf of young people, in the belief that it is essential to provide them with the tools to reach their potential and build a better future, Total South Africa partnered with Aveng Community Trust in 2018 to find a way to expand the school and possibly accommodate the facilitation of more activities like examinations and gatherings,” said Nne-Mpho Siaga, Corporate Affairs Manager at Total South Africa.
“The hall will serve as an extension to the school providing a wider space that will be used to conduct classes and examination sessions, assessments, as well as to adhere to the recent social distancing requirements put in place since the pandemic. This is a much-needed addition to the school and will be very helpful to both learners and the community as a whole,” said LEAP School Principal, James Malope.
He added that the hall has already provided a facility to serve the community during the national lockdown, as it was used as a collection station where community members have been able to receive food parcels. The food parcels were distributed to LEAP students and their families, under very strict social distancing measures while maintaining optimal sanitisation.