The late President Mandela left us with profound words of wisdom. He said, “Education is the key that opens many doors” and the Motsepe Foundation has embraced his vision for an educated and prosperous South Africa. At the Motsepe Foundation we are cognisant of the positive impact education has, operating as a force that can break the cycle of poverty and improve people’s wellbeing.
Education is a vital pillar for igniting socio-economic growth and boosting the capacity of human-development. Imparting knowledge and skills onto our youth shapes their role in our society as active citizens. The success of the youth enables them to become contributors to our economy by producing goods and services; creating jobs through entrepreneurial enterprises; and actively engaging in democratic processes. Without their participation our economy and processes will become stagnated and their passive societal role becomes a burden that we all bear.
The Foundation provides bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who excel in their studies. We believe that the opportunity to receive an education must be extended to everyone who academically earns their acceptance.
A diverse knowledge system will drive our country’s overall progress. The future of work and the Fourth Industrial Revolution predicts that Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics sectors (STEAM) will become the fastest-growing industries. By prioritising these highly lucrative sectors, the Foundation emphasises education as a stepping stone to absorbing graduates into fields that are currently under-skilled.