Introduction to the existence of the ArcelorMittal Science Centre’s.
The ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Science Centres were established by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Department of ArcelorMittal South Africa in July 2006. It was started as a pilot program with the Department of Basic Education and was aimed at enhancing skill levels in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects) in the Sedibeng West District. The decision to start the Centre was taken after the company received numerous applications to either build or refurbish laboratories in high schools in the surrounding area.
The Sebokeng Science Centre was founded on a strong public private partnership between ArcelorMittal South Africa and the Department of Basic Education (DBE), as the custodian of primary and secondary education in the country. The Centre has also received ongoing support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), as a beneficiary of its extensive program which supports, funds and provides strategic guidance to science centres around South Africa. The support offered by the DST includes ensuring that staff can attend local and international conferences to hone their skills, donating mobile laboratories to take the “science experience” to the more rural areas, providing funding for science exhibitions and to capacitate the various centres with volunteers.
The reach of ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Science Centres has, over the years, grown to include Newcastle and Saldanha, where ArcelorMittal South Africa has operations. The company contributes in the region of R12 million per annum to the running and maintenance costs of the three Science Centres, including the salaries for the staff. As a company that requires highly specialized and technical skills, the Science Centre program forms an integral part of our skills development and transformation strategies.
Our aim is to “grow our timber” and create a pool of properly equipped young people who can become the future leaders of ArcelorMittal South Africa. Proficiency in Maths, Science and English is vital to prepare learners for entry into careers such as engineering, accounting and other professions that require maths and science.