45 learners graduate from Dimension Data Saturday School
Dimension Data, the USD6 billion ICT solutions and services provider, has announced that 45 learners have graduated from its innovative Saturday School Programme.
The Dimension Data Saturday School initiative is a two-year programme that benefits 100 grade 11 and 12 pupils from 21 public high schools in Gauteng every year. Learners attend classes every Saturday in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences, English, Computer Studies and Life Skills.
“Our objective with the Saturday School is to produce high calibre learners who will go on to achieve their ambitions in whatever sphere of life or business they choose. We give them the tools to be able to take the next step in their life through a good Matric pass. I have no doubt that this class will continue in the footsteps of their predecessors and do exceptionally well in the 2014 Matric exams. We are very excited about what the future holds for these bright young minds,” says Zellah Fuphe, Executive, Strategic Relations at Dimension Data Middle East and Africa.
Learners are accepted into the programme in grade 11, following stringent selection process based on merit, academic performance, communication skills, attitude and leadership potential.
In addition to working through the formal syllabus, the learners receive leadership, entrepreneurship and social skills training, all aimed at preparing them for challenges beyond Matric. Grade 12 learners participate in the company's career day initiative, where they are exposed to the various career opportunities available at Dimension Data and to the broader ICT industry. They are also provided with an opportunity to be mentored by senior company executives who specialise in the career interest which they have selected. The Saturday School initiative also includes the Winter School Programme for the Matric learners in preparation for their end of year exams.
Established 20 years ago with just 11 pupils, the Dimension Data Saturday School has consistently achieved a 100% pass rate and has assisted hundreds of learners to achieve their dreams. Last year’s graduating class (the class of 2013) achieved 95% university entrance and 93 distinctions amongst 45 learners.
The Saturday School is based at Dimension Data's Bryanston head office and tuition is provided by subject experts and qualified educators, as well as Dimension Data employee volunteers.