The German company BASF in Southern Africa contributes to science education at Bauleni Special Needs School in Lusaka, Zambia
- BASF Zambia Ltd. and BASF Holdings South Africa (Pty.) Ltd. jointly donate K100,000 to Zambian community school
- BASF globally supports science education to inspire an interest in the natural sciences amongst learners
Lusaka, Zambia - 05 June 2017
BASF Zambia, in collaboration with BASF Holdings South Africa, recently donated K100,000 towards science education programmes for children at the Bauleni Special Needs School in Lusaka, Zambia.
At the donation event, BASF Zambia’s Managing Director, Dr Eike Hupe, said that BASF is committed to uplifting and improving the quality of life in the communities within which the company operates, with special reference to previously disadvantaged communities through Corporate Citizenship projects, programs and Corporate Volunteering projects.
Enlarge image (© BASF) “BASF’s global and local Corporate Citizenship focus is in accordance with our global strategy: ’We create chemistry for a sustainable future’,” said Dr. Hupe. “Science education is important to BASF. We want to inspire an interest in the natural sciences amongst our African youth. Therefore, it is essential for BASF to support the access to well-developed mathematics and science programs at schools in the communities around the company’s areas of operation.”
By engaging with the Bauleni Special Needs School in Lusaka, Zambia, close to BASF Zambia’s business, BASF appreciated the vision of the school to become a recognised Center of Excellence to develop learners to their maximum potential. In support of this vision, BASF made the donation to support the children at the school who currently are seldom exposed to chemistry experiments during their school years.
Bauleni Special Needs (Inclusive) School is currently educating over 800 learners from Grades 1 up to grade 9. The school was established in 1998 and is a multi-faceted NGO, which is commited to empowering all their young learners in a sustainable and also inclusive way. The school has a strong focus on quality education and skills training. BSNS Project Director Sr Lynn Walker explains: “We have a 5-year strategic plan which includes provision of proper science facilities to allow the teaching of science. We are very excited that BASF has contributed towards this goal which will enable our learners, who are often poverty-stricken or who have a physical disability but are academically brilliant, to be exposed to science experiements in future. Science education is a crucial component of the school curriculum and BASF’s financial contribution will go a long way to buy science equipment and materials. We are extremely grateful.''