21 Dec 20 News Communities South Africa

Teacher hopes to inspire “future change-makers” in sponsored STEM role

Eddie Sampson will be teaching pure maths to Grade 10-12 pupils in a post funded by Loeriesfontein Wind Farm

Students with a talent for STEM subjects are raising their career ambitions after their school opened up the opportunity for higher level study with the support of a local wind farm in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

Loeriesfontein High School was able to bolster its Maths and Science Department when it received help to appoint an additional teacher at the start of the current term.

Principal Zelda Vos explained: “We wanted to improve marks in Mathematics and Sciences to increase the number of learners taking pure maths in the Further Education and Training phase. We only have one departmental teacher who could teach Mathematics, making it impossible for her to teach Mathematics for Grades 10 to 12.

“Mathematics is such a vital subject and having a qualified teacher is really important. It is important for many careers in life and it is always good to have passed Grade 12 mathematics, as it opens up opportunities for studying further in many more careers.”

The teaching post was sponsored by Loeriesfontein Wind Farm as part of its Socio Economic Development programme, which provides staff funding, skills training and literacy supports as part of its strong educational focus.

Eddie Sampson, who brings two decades of experience and enthusiasm to the role, told of his hopes of making a difference in the lives of his new pupils.

He said: “Being a teacher gives you the opportunity to create an impact. You can teach learners who will be future change-makers in the community. I believe Maths and Science are two of the most important subjects.”

  • Sister projects Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms were developed, constructed and are now operated by Mainstream for our Africa Joint Venture, Lekela Power. With a generation capacity of 140 megawatts each, they have been powering the equivalent of 240,000 South African households since entering operation in December 2017.