Air Products South Africa has highlighted its commitment to making a difference in the lives of learners with the unveiling of a preschool at the Magcekeni Preschool in Mzinti, Malelane.
The South African subsidiary of Tier One corporation Air Products has made numerous contributions towards improved infrastructure and education at the school, having established a working relationship a number of years ago.
The preschool, which took two years to build, has been designed in such a way that it can comfortably accommodate 80 learners. It consists of four classrooms and is wheelchair friendly to make provision for disabled learners and teachers.
Air Products’ main strategic corporate social investment (CSI) focus is on youth and education in South Africa.
Chairman of the CSI Committee, Josua Le Roux, said Air Products would like to highlight the importance of early childhood development in the country and with the unveiling of the preschool, they are hoping the learners from Magcekeni Primary School, and the greater community, will realise the importance of quality education from a young age.
Le Roux added, “Air Products was informed of the needs of the Magcekeni School a number of years ago, and we did not hesitate to become involved and make a difference in the lives of the teachers and the learners.”
“In 2006 we funded a classroom, and this year, we have built a preschool. The building was highlighted as a dire need for the school, and as we have established a relationship with the school over the years, we could not turn a blind eye to what was needed to improve the level of education from a young age.”
With the unveiling of the building, Air Products is hoping to convey a strong message to the all of the learners at the school – ‘We believe in you and your potential - your life full of promises starts here’.
As an extension of their involvement at the Magcekeni Primary School, Air Products has also been involved with the Tikhuni High School in the same area over the last few years.
The top 10 Maths and Science learners in Grades 11 and 12 visited Air Products’ facilities in Kempton Park and Vanderbijlpark over the last two years to experience ‘science in action’.
Science kits were donated to the school which have already been put to good use.
Air Products embarked on a national CSI project, called WitnessHappiness in 2014. With this project, each of the Air Products facilities had to find an early childhood development centre in their area to which they committed for a period of three years.
Le Roux concluded, “As one of the leading gas companies in South Africa, we are grateful for the opportunities we have had to grow our business and this is our way of giving back to the country.”
“In our day-to-day business we aim to provide service that delivers the difference. With this CSI initiative in particular it is simple - we aim to make a difference to young learners and their community.”