Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport has once again embarked on its school up-liftment project eImproving Education through Interactive Technology.f This year, eight schools in the airportfs vicinity benefited from the R192 200 donation with each school receiving an interactive whiteboard which can be used to access the internet while teaching. In the past three years, 21 schools have benefited with boards worth over half a million rand.
The airport worked closely with the Western Cape Education Foundation who also provided the criteria for selecting the schools. In February 2014, Cape Town International Airport embarked on a schools drive to identify top performing schools in the communities around the airport. Eight top performing schools were identified with matric pass rates ranging from 80% - 97%. gThree of the schools were selected not only for their pass rate but because they had a significant pass rate increase in the 2013 matric results. As recognition, the airport donated interactive white boards and other teaching software to each of the schools,h said Deidre Davids, Communications Manager at Cape Town International Airport.
"Our business is not only about airports - it's about giving back to our communities. So, as an airport operator, contributing toward the development and sustainability of our communities is very important and education is the foundation for the development of any community,h added Davids.
The following are the top performing schools who received the interactive boards:
Ravensmead High School (97% pass rate)
Goodwood College (96.4% pass rate)
Excelsior High in Belhar (96% rate)
Hindle High in Blue Downs (95.8% pass rate)
Elsies River High (94.2% pass rate)
Perseverance High in Belhar ( 87% pass rate)
Inkwekwezi High in Du Noon (84.5% pass rate)
Voorbrug High in Delft (80% pass rate)
The airport has an annual Corporate Social Investment budget which focuses on youth development, community development, enterprise development, mobility and education. In the current fiscal year ending March 2014, the airport has spent R 2.5 million supporting various community projects within Cape Town. The key flagship projects for the airport are TRAC Western Cape (Technology Research Activity Centre) which focuses on improving disadvantaged schoolsf Maths and Science marks for learners in Grade 11 and 12. Other projects include Heart Capital a Social Enterprise accelerator that helps the youth become entrepreneurs. Learn to Earn an organisation that teaches unemployed youth skills which will help them get jobs or open their own business. These skills include graphic design, sewing, woodwork and baking. Last but not least, Beyond Education, a Recycle Swop Shop, a place where children can swap bags of recyclable items for essentials such as books, pens, clothing, shoes, toiletries and deodorants.
gThe upliftment of the airportfs immediate surrounding communities is important to us and in achieving this we have to ensure that whatever support we give leads to self-reliant and sustainable projects which benefits the people living in these communities,h concluded Davids.