BMW Excellence Project for the Advancement of Maths, Science and Technology Education (MST) Programme.
Skills in the fields of mathematics and science are absolutely vital towards encouraging sustainable growth within South Africa.
To address this, BMW’s Excellence Project for Mathematics, Science and Technology encourages young learners to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology, while reducing the knowledge gap that exists within these critical focus areas.
As one of the company’s longest standing sustainable development projects, BMW gives students the support they need to pursue their dreams by deploying mobile laboratories, known as BMW Centres of Excellence, to participating schools.
Robust educator empowerment assists teachers in the understanding and delivery of their subject matter. The culture is impacted positively when learners complete their high school education with exemption into tertiary institutions to pursue Maths and Science as undergraduates in electrical, mechanical, civil engineering, sound engineering, geology and actuarial based disciplines. The programme has already produced graduates in these fields.
In addition, BMW South Africa currently makes bursaries available to learners pursuing studies in the fields of engineering, ICT and commerce at various tertiary institutions. These students then become eligible for a place in BMW South Africa’s 24-month Graduate Trainee Programme and many of these candidates are taken into full-time employment.
Over the years, the initiative has grown to support 14 underprivileged high schools in Midrand, Pretoria, Soweto, KZN as well as in the Western Cape. A further 23 primary schools act as feeder points for this worthwhile initiative. Since its establishment, around 253,172 learners from Grades 4-12 and 3,077 teachers have taken advantage of the program.
The BMW MST Project continued its positive impact at the end of year 2014. The performance of the BMW MST Class of 2014 has yielded 55 distinctions, 19 distinctions in Mathematics and 36 distinctions in Physical Science.
When compared to similar Quintile 123 Schools’ National Average, BMW MST schools outperformed National results by 19.16% overall pass rate; 25.01% higher for Physical Science and 29.07% higher for Mathematics proving that investment in sustainable education can deliver tangible results.