In South Africa there are substantial inequalities within education and wealth in the country. With a university degree an individual’s earnings can be 5 to 10 times higher. Therefore long term social equality can only be achieved through equal access to higher education. Social equality of opportunity is key to political stability and long term economic growth and prosperity.
StatPro have therefore pledged that for every 100 StatPro Revolution portfolios sold, StatPro will sponsor a student throughout their High School and University careers.
Social responsibility partners
Partnering with Leisure Education Trust, Asset and Durbanville Schools Foundation, StatPro are able to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds realize their dreams of a high school and university education. This then gives them the ability to support their families and help provide education for their brothers, sisters and own children.
Since January 2013 StatPro have been in partnership with Spirit Foundation, who offer scholarships to high schools children within Cape Town, South Africa. Their mission is to provide good quality education to economically disadvantaged children who have the potential and will to succeed.
To be part of the program, an interview process takes place for those high performing students, aged 13 – 18, that are from impoverished backgrounds. Those with the highest potential are accepted into the program where they receive full scholarships.
StatPro South Africa have adopted a maths and science school in Cape Town, called Claremont High School. StatPro has taken on the responsibility of funding the cost for an extra teacher to help reduce the overcrowded classes; and makes donations towards unpaid school fees.
StatPro have an ongoing book run throughout all our global offices to collect books for the school’s library.
StatPro have also since donated 27 desktop computers and monitors to the Willows Primary School. This school is situated in the poorer part of Cape Town, where the community are subjected to unemployment, poverty, gangsterism and substance abuse. The school also has limited access to resources.
Craig Arenhold, CEO, StatPro South Africa, talks education and social responsibility with Radio702 and CapeTalks567’s Early Breakfast Show.
StatPro also works alongside Asset (Association for Educational Transformation) where StarPro are able to provide selected students with university scholarships; specifically within IT and finance fields of study.
Once a year students are also given the opportunity to visit StatPro South Africa to understand what it’s like to work in an office environment. The StatPro team explain their roles and offer industry training, including interview tips. Read about our latest open day here.
To date 225 students have been sponsored through these programs, where 5 have recently graduated.
“I often reflect on how fortunate I am while seeing significant poverty around me daily. Sometimes one feels overwhelmed by the problem. But what we do at StatPro makes a real difference to people. What makes this so amazing and uplifting is that we have direct contact with the students and we get to see how each student’s life is transformed and in turn how this lifts up the family and broader community.”
StatPro wants to give students a real world experience of what it is like to work in software and financial services by demonstrating what we do and opening one-on-one relationships with senior staff at StatPro. We’re proud to be sponsoring these children and making a real difference to their lives and our community. By pledging to support the education of underpriviledged children in South Africa we will be sharing the success of StatPro Revolution with our community.