Protec Umkomaas hosted its annual awards day at Naidooville Primary School on October 21, to celebrate the academic achievements of its pupils over the course of the year.
PROTEC is a national, non-profit, technological career development programme for senior high school students, who are selected for the programme, based not only on their aptitudes for mathematics and physical Science, but also on their sheer determination to succeed.
Funded by Sappi Saiccor, PROTEC offers an excellence programme in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that begins in Grade 10, continues through tertiary education and provides support in the early years in the work place.
During the high school phase, PROTEC tutors provide extra tuition on Saturdays in mathematics, science and English.
These studies are supplemented with a World of Work (WoW) and a life orientation programme, providing a holistic approach to help students to achieve their full potential. They also convene during school holidays for practical and theoretical tuition, and for excursions that expose them to the world of work in different industries.
They also receive assistance in securing bursaries for further studies.
At the annual PROTEC awards ceremony local businessman and community leader, Mr Vijay Maharaj, CEO of the Rising Sun Newspaper Group, was the guest speaker.
Mr Maharaj himself is a shining example to the young people of the local communities of what can be achieved where there is the will to succeed in life. Not only is he an astute businessman, he is also a fitness fanatic, having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, and having participated in the 750 km Gandhi Peace Walk, from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal.
Also present was MP Narend Singh, the chairman of Khanya Hospice board who spoke on the service offered by Khanya Hospice. He called on the youngsters to become involved in community work as this contributes to building their profile.