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Competence Centre: Corporate Social Responsibility

01/30/2018 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie, AHK Suedafrika CSR - News-Hauptkategorie

Mobile Library to underprivileged school

Aim of Competence Centre: Corporate Social Responsibility?

It is sometimes overwhelming realising just how many people need help and it is heart-breaking to see how much has to be accomplished to make a difference to a world in need, the Competence Centre:  Corporate Social Responsibility decided to aim its focus on the education of the vulnerable, impoverished and needy children in society. 

The Competence Centre:  Corporate Social Responsibility, and its members, believes that although one can unfortunately not assist all of Africa’s half a billion children in need, it is our social mission to start closer to home and to unite as a business community to assist schools with their ever increasing social and educational tasks.  It is believed that supporting underprivileged schools with time, books or other reading and writing material will enable children to break free from the bonds of poverty and illiteracy. 

In 2017 with the support of Mercedes Benz South Africa, Competence Centre: CSR identified and sponsored Tarlton Farm School.

About Tarlton Farm School

Tarlon Farm School started in 1971 in Krugersdorp in Johannesburg, with few learners who were primarily farm workers kids. As years went by it also enrolled kids from neighboring farms. There were only 3 classrooms catering for Grade 1 to Grade 5 learners. The grades used to share classrooms. The enrolment grew and additional classrooms were built with the assistant of the Department of education and the sewerage system replaced pit toilets and the school was also electrified. Currently, the school educates about 512 farm learners annually and is a feeder school to Magaliesberg State Secondary School.

On 29 November 2017, Mercedes Benz South Africa & Competence Centre CSR donated a Mobile Library with more than 1000 books, a Container Office, chairs for the learners as well as eating utensils.

It is hoped that this library will not only alleviate the school’s huge administrative burden, but also equip the learners to acquire the valuable literacy skills they need to become well-rounded and literate citizens of this great nation.  It is hoped that that these books will open their minds and inspire them to turn their dreams into reality.   

There are many schools like Tarlton Farm Primary School, in desperate need of the support of the community and other partners and the Competence Centre:  Corporate Social Responsibility will in the years to come continue to support such educational causes and continue, with the support of our members, to make a difference in the lives of children in need because today’s children are tomorrow’s future.

Mercedes Benz South Africa, we appreciate your support in helping us progress our campaign to reduce the rate of poverty. It is with your support that we will have the ability to make a change.