Liberty-sponsored Kutlwanong centres
23 Jan 2019
Liberty-sponsored Kutlwanong produces 195 distinctions in Maths and Science in 2018
73 distinctions in Mathematics
10 learners scored between 90 and 99% in Mathematics
122 distinctions in Physical Sciences
42 learners scored between 90 and 99% in Physical Sciences
23 January 2019 - For the last six years, Liberty has been the principal sponsor of two of Kutlwanong's centres - Umbumbulu in KwaZulu-Natal and Katlehong in Gauteng. Kutlwanong is a non-profit organisation that provides extra classes in Mathematics, Science and Accounting for learners in grade 10 to 12 over weekends and holidays. The successful programme delivered a total of 195 distinctions in Mathematics and Physical Science in 2018.
In addressing the Matric Class of 2018 at the awards ceremony, Tracey Unser, Divisional Executive of Corporate Citizenship at Liberty said, "The name Liberty means freedom, specifically, financial freedom. Education unlocks the door that leads us to walk the path to financial freedom. What you have shown is that you are already capable of leading this journey."
Thabiso Matiya a representative from the Department of Education said, "This is one of the most successful projects we've seen and we are grateful to Liberty for sponsoring this program." It is encouraging to see young people from these previously disadvantaged communities take full advantage of the educational support. They have sacrificed and worked hard throughout the year, producing exceptional results and should be proud of their outstanding achievements.
The top three learners from the Katlehong centre:
Nelisiwe Mbombi with 94% for Mathematics and 99% for Physical Science
Thokozan Mdluli with 91% for Mathematics and 98% for Physical Science
Thabiso Rathaba with 88% for Mathematics and 93% for Physical Science
The top three learners from the Umbumbulu centre:
Bongeka Nkosi with 88% for Mathematics and 100% for Physical Science
Siphokazi Msimango with 84% for Mathematics and 96% for Physical Science
Londeka Duma with 99% for Mathematics and 96% for Physical Science
Empowering young women through education
It is encouraging to note that 17 of the top 20 learners from the class of 2018 were young women. The top 2 learners, Londeka Duma and Nelisiwe Mbombi, received an average of 91% and 87% respectively for all their subjects in matric in 2018.
The overall top achiever Londeka Duma says, "I achieved the result not because I was relaxed but because I pushed hard from the beginning of the year. You can't wait for exams. Time waits for no man. So to the grade 12s of 2019, with perseverance and hard work, you can do it too."
Liberty knows that knowledge is the key to empowering young people from previously disadvantaged communities. Tracey concludes, "It allows them to break down barriers, access more opportunities and become leaders in their societies. We look forward to working with the development centres because it is important that we continue to inspire, develop and educate the young people of South Africa."
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