Mondi invests in science education

HOD of the KZN Department of Education, Dr Enoch Nzama and Merebank Mondi acting managing director, Rodney Munsamy, watch grade 12 pupils perform a science experiment in the new lab.

Mondi finally came to the long awaited rescue of Enaleni Secondary School in Umlazi after donating a fully equipped state-of-the-art Science laboratory worth R660, 000, on Friday. The laboratory will help to fully cover their syllabus by translating theory into practical for Physical Science pupils.

At a launch ceremony witnessed by excited pupils and teachers, Dr Enoch Nzama, head of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, unveiled the laboratory and commended Mondi for reaching out to assist the department.

“The department has a mammoth task to strengthen the teaching and learning process at thousands of schools in the province. We don’t have adequate resources to ensure we produce the targeted number of scientists as stipulated in the national development plan and we require private sector investment. We are therefore grateful to Mondi’s commitment to helping improve education and making this important resource available to pupils,” he said.

Speaking at the launch, Mondi Merebank acting managing director, Rodney Munsami said skills in the fields of maths and science are vital to encourage sustainable growth in South Africa.

“We believe in playing our part by investing in the education sector and contribute to delivery of higher quality education and improving the quality of graduates who are ready to enter the workforce. A strong science and engineering skills pipeline is a key factor in supporting business sustainability. We hope the new science laboratory will inspire learners to improve their performance in physical science and equip them for science related careers that contribute to the advancement of the economy and our country,” he said.

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He added that Mondi looked forward to seeing the success of graduates who would have passed through Enaleni Secondary.

Bongani Hlophe, principal of Enaleni Secondary School, said, “We are extremely grateful to Mondi for their investment towards the improvement of our school. Pupils are excited when they enter this new facility, they no longer need to imagine the chemical reactions, instead they are eager to conduct the practical experiments and witness the results first hand. As a result of this new facility, we are confident that our pass rate in physical science will improve.”

Grade 12 pupil, Sbonakaliso Mthembu, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the rest of pupils in a speech where he thanked Mondi for not judging their school by the condition of its structure but the potential it has to achieve great results.

“I would like to thank Mondi for not judging us by the walls of our school, but trusting that we will utilise this laboratory to its fullest and keep it in tact for the the generation that is yet to come after us,” he said.
The event was filled with joy and celebrations as the pupils prepared different pieces to say thank you to Mondi. These activities included traditional dances, poem recitals and live music.

Khanyisile Mgangana

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