STEM challenges in South Africa
In South Africa, the landscape of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education faces significant challenges, particularly in terms of accessibility and quality outcomes.
These challenges are most pronounced among marginalized groups, including girls and youth from low-income households. This situation contributes to a cycle of youth unemployment, inequality, and stifled economic growth, underscoring the need for urgent and effective interventions in the education system.
How is 21st Century involved?
21st Century has been in a partnership with MEDO for more than 15 years and prides itself on being a moral organisation with a social and environmental conscience. Supporting an organisation that nurturing the next generation of learners by providing education and skills aligns perfectly with our values as an organisation.
Your support can help us replicate and expand this successful program, reaching even more learners and educators.
A Collaborative Partnership
In a collaborative effort, UNICEF and the Meta Economic Development Organisation (MEDO) (NPC) have joined forces with various South African governmental departments, including those of Basic Education, Social Development, Health, and Science and Innovation.
This partnership aims to bolster the STEM education pipeline across the country, leveraging additional investments from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to expand our reach and impact.
Alignment with National Strategy
Our program aligns with the National Strategy for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (2019-2030), which aims to equip young learners with essential mathematics, science, and technology competencies, preparing them to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world. Our initiative supports this national agenda, fostering a generation of learners well-versed in these critical areas.