Rationale: Nestlé ZAR conceptualised the Nestlé Adopt-a-School concept after realising the fundamental challenges in South Africa’s education system. The Adopt A School model is founded on the convention that no entity can independently manage this historical challenge and as such there is a need for a multifaceted and multi-stakeholder approach to deal with this issue. The company also believes that it is through education that people, especially in rural areas, can have meaningful livelihoods and that the cycle of poverty can be broken. This initiative also supports the “Play Your Part” strategy endorsed by Brand SA and the “Adopt-a-School Campaign” that was officially launched by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga in October 2011.
Nestlé’s Adopt-A-School Initiative was launched in 2011 and three schools have been adopted since then:
- Lerato-Uthando Comprehensive High School in the Free-State
- Indwe High School in Mossel Bay
- Mpumelelo High School in Estcourt – due to our efforts at this school and the consistent exceptional performance, combined with the commitment of the teachers and the leadership of the principal, a comprehensive high school is in the process of being built. Construction began in 2014.
The Artisan Training Programme:
- The Artisan Training Programme has been implemented to create a pool of skilled potential employees for the business, especially in the engineering and food technology departments.
- Currently, a total of 21 students are funded through the Adopt-A- School bursary scheme. Of these, 14 students are at universities and seven are at FET (Further Education & Training) colleges. The aim of the initiative is to build a network of trained artisans in the country and will be linked with the artisan’s plan for business.
- Nestlé South Africa supports our employees’ children through university, as well as other students who apply for bursaries.
- During the past three years, approximately R5 463,280 was spent on skills development and training, as part of our drive to contribute to community development through education.