Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa, the country’s leading developer of wind and solar plant, congratulates the Maths and Science Leadership Academy’s Class of 2014 who have graduated after completing the four year programme. Mainstream has sponsored the sixty students for the full four year programme since the learners first started in Grade 9. The Maths & Science Leadership Academy NPC (MSLA) was 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.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Linda Thompson, Senior Development Manager at Mainstream said: “Mainstream South Africa congratulates the Class of 2014 and is proud to see the sixty students graduate today after four years of hard work. We are delighted to have played our role in giving these students the opportunity to improve their maths and science capability because we believe these gateway subjects are critical to delivering the next generation of talented engineers who will take the reins in the years to come. South Africa is on the road to becoming a leader in renewable energy and it is very important that we invest our time and effort in ensuring that talented students from poor backgrounds are given every opportunity to play a leading role.”
The Maths and Science Leadership Academy founder, Anne Maclean said: “We are very grateful to Mainstream for their support and long-term commitment to this very worthwhile programme. Over the past four years Mainstream has not only supported the programme financially, but also with their time by offering guidance and insights to the students on how renewable energy could be a career path for their future. These students have the natural talent and ability but coming from poor backgrounds they needed extra help to reach their full potential both academically and in terms of personal development and because of Mainstream’s support we have made this happen for these students.”