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Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi is flanked by two pupils. PHOTO: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – Ster Kinekor (The Zone, Rosebank) got an early morning Kickstart on the 21st of August 2016, as hundreds of learners poured in to receive interactive Matric Maths & Science revision lessons as they prepare for their Preliminary and Final examinations this year.

Made possible by Key sponsors, the Capitec Foundation, SASRIA and the Telkom Foundation, the programme is a national intervention that has assisted thousands of Matriculants in Maths & Science utilizing Ster Kinekor cinemas as “Theatres of Learning”.

eduCate is made up of 10 pre-recorded revision sessions, 5 in maths and 5 in science.

“We need immediate solutions and the eduCate programme serves our children by motivating pupils to work harder and matriculate with maths so that they can pursue studies in fields with good employment prospects.” – Martin Sweet.

Schools from across South Africa [mostly based in townships and underserviced areas] have been invited to participate in the programme with the support of the Department of Basic Education. Learners are registered, indemnified and transported from their schools to their designated cinema complex(s) and back to their schools after the screenings. Before returning, learners are allowed to interact with teachers and tutors present who are available to address questions from the learners.

This year, the sessions are running over 10 consecutive Sunday mornings having started on 24 July 2016 in all 9 provinces. The filmed content is simultaneously broadcast to a network of digitized Ster Kinekor cinema complexes.

“The collaboration between sponsors including the Capitec Foundation, SASRIA, Telkom Foundation, Central Energy Fund, Western Cape Metro Central Education District, Tsogo Sun, Kulula.com, Gearhouse, Minions, Primestars and The Department of Basic Education has proven to be a successful public/private partnership in the past, with over 180 000 seats having been occupied by aspiring grade 12 learners, wishing to improve their chances of gaining the results required to qualify to study at tertiary institutions” – Martin Sweet.

Over the course of the first 4 weeks of the programme, more than 12 000 seats have been occupied across participating cinemas.

Primestars is extremely passionate about this programme and we are honoured to have sponsors on board that show the same passion for maths & science education and the potential it holds in offering young South Africans a better future.

– ANA