Mainstream is fully committed to the integration of broader social, ethical and sustainable practices across our day to day business. Our teams around the globe work hard to continuously enhance the positive contribution that we make to local communities. In 2014 we supported three education initiatives in different parts of the globe; the Kimberley Maths and Science Academy in South Africa, the SMart Futures programme in the UK and the Ventolera y Ventarrón School Programme in Chile. Each programme reflects our view that our actions today will impact our future, and that education is a vital part of equipping the next generation with the tools to deliver the sustainable future that we want to see.
In 2013 Mainstream Chile began developing the School Programme “Ventolera y Ventarrón” in a school near the Negrete wind farm. Because it was very successful with students, teachers and local authorities, this programme was expanded to four additional schools
in the same area and four schools near the Aurora project. This program has the objective of teaching primary school children on natural resources, the importance of conservation, the virtues of wind and sun and how these can be used for the production of energy. In December, the year culminated with a ceremony in each school where the students received a book with the compilation of the work they developed throughout the year.
Mainstream – as part of the SMart Wind consortium – is represented on the steering group of the Humber UTC. The UTC is developing an engineering programme with SMart Wind to ensure the future workforce are prepared for real industry positions in the exciting growth
region of the energy estuary.
Mainstream sponsored 60 students through the four year Maths and Science programme at the Maths & Science Leadership Academy NPC (MSLA), established in Kimberley in 2006, with the specific goal of providing talented students from poor backgrounds with an opportunity to achieve their potential in the gateway subjects of maths and science.
Over the past four years MSLA has provided these Grade 9 – 12 learners with ongoing support in maths, science and English through afternoon classes and holiday academies.