Traditionally, educational institutions such as schools are expected to provide learning and teaching platforms where students can receive their education. While this is a core business of every school, it is fundamentally significant for schools, both public and private, to be active citizens of their communities and role players in addressing socio economic initiatives of the communities in which they operate.
Nova Pioneer is an educational institution established with a mission of developing generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the African Century guided by our six culture principles. Since its inception, Nova Pioneer has always strived to partner with the communities where it operates to positively impact our society. We have done this over the years through various engagements with different community stakeholders.
Below are some of the initiatives Nova Pioneer has initiated or supported to help those within our communities include:
Donation of Remote Learning Packs
During an unprecedented time in our country and the world at large when the government was fighting the Covid-19 global pandemic. Our country went into a hard lockdown which saw many schools in vulnerable communities closing their doors and subsequently depriving many children an opportunity to continue learning. Nova Pioneer partnered with NASCEE (National Association of Change Entities in Education) to donate Remote Learning Packs to affected communities.
Nova Pioneer’s Remote Learning Materials have contributed to 10 000 printed learning packs distributed to 60 schools as part of the Amakhosi learning programme in KZN.
Nova Pioneer co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chinezi Chijioke says, “While our utmost priority remains the wellness of our employees, learners and families – at Nova Pioneer, we understand the gap this pandemic has created among families who do not have the resources to continue learning at home.”
He adds, “At Nova Pioneer our vision statement calls on us to earn the right to contribute beyond our campuses, to society. There is no more important time than now — as the world comes together to tackle the impact of Covid-19 — for us to find a way to do that.”
Santa Shoebox Drive
The Santa Shoe Box drive is an initiative undertaken by our Ruimsig campus and in the past year, we had partnered with the Lighthouse Baby Shelter where we donated over 40 shoe boxes for the kids at the shelter filled with essential items such as stationery, toiletries, clothing items, snacks, toys, etc.
Our Midrand campus asked the students to collect and donate new and old books through a Book Drive initiative organised to celebrate Make a Difference Day. We were able to collect hundreds of books which we donated to a school based in Alexandra Township.
Our own Novaneer students also embark on Pad Drives to raise sanitary pads which get donated to young school girls in vulnerable communities.
In addition to the above, we have also supported many other initiatives such as the Grand Parents Day with SAVF Huis Dien Bothma, retirement village in Boksburg and also supporting Reach for a Dream’s Slipper Day initiative. All this initiatives help us achieve and live up to our #Servant Leadership principle and also to inspire others in the community.
Our commitment as we continue to grow our network of schools in the country is to continue partnering with our communities to lead in the efforts of helping our people to live better lives.