To mark our 21st birthday, and to celebrate Nelson Mandela Month, the Old Mutual Foundation has launched a campaign to support the Matric Class of 2020 with 21 Acts of Goodness (#21ActsOfGoodness).
The campaign will focus on service, volunteerism, and active citizenship. #21ActsOfGoodness aims to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges it has presented to the Matric class of 2020.
The constraints of the pandemic have added to the challenges that usually signify a matric year – studying for exams, cramming, late nights, and pressures about the future. Despite the massive efforts by teachers and pupils to maintain online teaching and learning, the pandemic has caused a paradigm shift, leading to uncertainty, disappointment and loss.
#21ActsOfGoodness is implemented in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, loveLife, the Mpumalanga Department of Education, and Brand SA.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Reginah Mhaule noted that this year has been the most difficult for matriculants, “this is why the 21 Acts of Goodness for the Matric Class of 2020 is so special and needed at this time of our lives and history”.
‘Old Mutual cares deeply about education, which is one of the Foundation’s key focus areas. This year our hearts go out to South Africa’s matriculants as they prepare for this major school exam under the most difficult of circumstances: the middle of a pandemic storm,’ says Maserame Mouyeme, Director of Corporate Affairs and Responsible Business at Old Mutual.
Mouyeme points out that no other Matric class and no other group of Matric teachers have had to deal with the frightening challenges that the 2020 class has had to face. ‘
Through this campaign the Old Mutual Foundation and its partners will provide 67 000 connections and support to matriculants. These #21ActsOfGoodness will be driven by 21 organisations across the country from the end of July until the end of October 2020.
Over the past years, the OM Foundation has contributed more than R500million to education and to other social development causes.
‘As we mark 21 years of driving positive change, we are more committed than ever to focusing our efforts and resources on achieving inclusive prosperity through education and skills development,’ Mouyeme says. ‘Old Mutual will continue to help with the empowerment of our most vulnerable communities, and this year that includes all those learners who are about to write their matric exams.’
Please look out for more information on our social media platforms. Also, join Siya Kolisi, Luvuyo Madasa and Mpumi Mbethe, Kamohelo Molatlhoe, Nonkululeko Mdluli, and Richard Mabaso our 21 Acts Enablers, online on 24 July 2020 as they chat to learners. This is an opportunity to listen, to engage, to find out where you can help, and to provide much-needed messages of support.