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MTN gives learners a shot in the arm


Johannesburg – MTN Group has partnered with the Department of Basic Education (DoBE) and Mindset Network to help learners in Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape prepare for their final examinations.

In fact, high school students across Limpopo, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal have been benefiting from the MTN Learn School Programme since August this year. An initiative of Mindset Learn and the DoBE, MTN Learn is supported by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), and broadcasts live on a daily basis via 12 community radio stations in the three provinces – plans are underway to add more stations.

With final exams looming, some of the beneficiaries in Limpopo joined MTN, Mindset Learn and the DoBE at Bankuna High School in Nkowankowa, outside Tzaneen, to amplify usage of the programmes.

Addressing teachers and learners at the event, General Manager for Corporate Communication and Stakeholder Relations at MTN Group, Xolisa Vapi said, “We are privileged to have the opportunity to touch so many learners in our communities through this initiative. Education is particularly close to our hearts at MTN, as we believe there is a direct link between improved literacy levels and the socio-economic status of our communities.”

As part of the MTN Learn programmes, experts provide examination tips and tackle problematic topics in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and English FAL. Friday broadcasts focus on the educator, and are presented by subject advisors, who discuss critical issues that affect educators in the classroom. Each broadcast has a competition element in which listeners stand a chance to win great prizes, including MTN airtime, t-shirts, educational DVDs and a smartphone.

“Mindset Learn has been creating and distributing educational content via among others, television channels 319 on DStv and Top TV. With MTN’s partnership, we are able to reach rural learners who now receive revision lessons through community radio stations. Learners and teachers can also post comments and questions during the broadcast via Facebook, SMS and telephone line. We are excited because radio is a highly accessible medium at home and on most cell phones”, says Goodman Chauke, Manager, Stakeholder Relations and Marketing at Mindset.

The programmes are transmitted from Mindset’s studios to selected community radio stations. Participating radio stations are Mohodi FM, Univen Radio, Moletsi FM, Greater Tzaneen FM and Sekgosese FM in Limpopo, and Forte FM, Vukani FM, Radio Graaff-Reinet, Mdantsane FM and Nkqubela FM in the Easter Cape. In KwaZulu Natal, the programmes are available to learners through Hindvani Radio and Maputaland Community Radio.

Learners can download learning material and programme schedules from the MTN learning website - www.mtnlearning.co.za

MTN continues to make significant investments in various community projects across South Africa. In keeping with the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) approach, the funding is directed towards education, school-based entrepreneurial development programmes, health, and arts and culture initiatives. Education receives the lion’s share of the investments, with large portions channelled towards school connectivity, mobile science labs and multi-media centres.

In line with this year’s theme of “Investing in education for all”, MTN staff across the company’s footprint in 21 countries embarked on various activities around education, as part of the Group’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care staff volunteer initiative. Staff donated books to schools and libraries, cleaned up and packed libraries, collected and donated clothes to learners, and donated desks, chairs and computers, and provided internet access to educational facilities.

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Issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs

About the MTN Group

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About Mindset Network

Mindset Network operates in the formal education sector through its Mindset Learn programme. Mindset Learn has as its focal point, high school learners and educators with an especial focus on the Further Education and Training (FET) band i.e. Grades 10, 11 and 12. Content is aligned to the curriculum in the subjects of English, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Information Technology, Accountancy, Geography, Financial Literacy and Mathematical Literacy with plans to develop content for other areas. Content has been distributed to over 1000 high schools using various ICT platforms and 5 million homes in Africa via DStv’s Channel 319 and recently Top TV’s Channel 319 and community radio stations. All Mindset Learn content is also available on the Mindset Network website www.mindset.co.za/learn.

For more information, please contact:

Zinhle Dlamini on +27 83 212 9436 7613 or Dlamin_Z@mtn.co.zaGoodman Chauke on +27 83 506 3683 or goodman@mindset.co.za

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