Corporate Responsibility Programs - Africa
In South Africa(SA), CSC focuses on building firm foundations on which learners can build their future science and technology careers. Many barriers to learning and teaching mathematics and science exist in our country. Our corporate responsibility (CR) initiatives are aimed at reducing these barriers and fostering a love for mathematics and science from a young age. In doing so, we hope to build a future generation of innovators, with the skills to find solutions to the challenges faced by our country.
Our CR initiatives are reflective of the inherent diversity of our nation. Our projects touch the lives of all ages, races, religions and creeds. We have two STEM learning centers in SA, which focuses on long term development in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our tutoring projects focus on immediate assistance to teachers and learners in these areas.
CSC South Africa's CSR Effort to win hearts
Limpopo, formerly the North-West Province is one of nine Provinces of South Africa (SA). Bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Limpopo is known as a land of beauty. It is a region of contrasts, from true bushveld country to majestic mountains, primitive indigenous forests, farmland and unspoilt wilderness.
Limpopo is the gateway to the rest of Africa, with its shared borders making it favorably situated for economic cooperation with other parts of southern Africa. Limpopo is also the poorest province in SA with more than half the population living below the poverty line (National Development Agency, 2014).
CSC’s Enterprise Management Technology is widely used in Limpopo Public Hospitals, hugely reducing the administrative load on doctors, nurses, clerks and pharmacists, allowing them to care for more people, more efficiently.
As responsible corporate citizens, when doing business in areas where such extreme social challenges exist, we have an obligation to undertake activities which shows our commitment to support the people living in these communities.
On 1 January 2016, ninety-one babies were born in Limpopo and CSC, along with local government officials, were there to welcome them to 2016 with much needed gifts. CSC ensured they were greeted with hampers, filled with goods to keep them clean, warm and healthy!
Our food garden projects provide active learning opportunities for impoverished communities where STEM education can be used to meet critical physiological needs. These garden projects include teaching people to use natural resources to build sustainable food gardens for subsistence farming and as a source of income. Our team is excited to continue building our network of learning centers, tutoring projects and food gardens as we continue to pursue our dream of building innovation through STEM learning.
National Youth Day 2015 commemoration activities
As part of National Youth Day 2015 Commemoration activities, CSC South Africa (SA) distributed personal computers and laptops to non-profit organization Project 021. The organization focuses on creating social change through fun, interactive workshops and skills development projects. A key objective for Project 021 is to increase literacy levels in disadvantaged communities, and CSC SA provided them with the much needed technological resources to support this initiative.
CSC SA, through the CSC Charitable Foundation, also provided learners in the Western Cape with access to laptops, tablets and learning software valued at over R65, 000.00. A further R30,000.00 contribution was made to support nutritional needs of children being cared for at a local “After School Care Centre”, where the learning tools will be used.
STEM Learning Center in South Africa
CSC South Africa opened another STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning centre in March 2015, targeting minors at risk who are placed in state custody by the children’s court.
The learning centre is housed at a child care facility, and national heritage site, Tenterden place of safety in Cape Town, South Africa. It focuses on educating children in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, using a balanced combination of traditional and high tech learning and teaching tools.
CSC’s Tenterden computer lab caters for children from ages 3 to 13 years old and provides access to everything from digital encyclopaedias to fun games aimed at developing memory, numeracy and literacy skills. CSC’s additions to the Tenterden Vegetable Garden is an extension of our learning centre, with greenhouses, worm farms and irrigation systems being ideal tools to allow the children to learn about natural sciences.
CSC South Africa runs multiple projects every year focused on building skills which promotes successful participation in our increasingly technology-based economy. By leveraging the skills of our world-class team of ICT professionals and Actuarial Scientists, CSC is growing SA’s STEM talent pool by developing strong foundations on which SA’s youth can build their future STEM related careers.