Mobile operator 8ta has again partnered BHP Billiton and other corporates to bring EduC8, a nationwide mathematics and science revision campaign aimed at improving Grade 12 learners’ final year examination performance in these subjects.

Launched in July last year, EduC8 is a partnership with 8ta, BHP Billiton, Primestars, the Department of Basic Education, and Samsung. Targeted at learners from disadvantaged backgrounds across the country, its objective is to address any gaps that may exist in learners’ studying and learning Maths and Science so as to increase the number of those who excel in the subjects at the end of the academic year.

By helping learners perform better in maths and science, this will make them eligible for admission at tertiary institutions where they can study key professions.

“We all acknowledge that maths and science education is the foundation for many of the jobs needed to develop the country’s infrastructure and therefore our economy’s growth. Increasingly these subjects are a critical component of getting ahead and 8ta is proud to be part of this student initiative which sees government and the private sector working closely towards a common goal,” says Amith Maharaj, senior managing executive of Telkom Mobile.

How EduC8 works is that each revision session will be filmed from a single venue and simultaneously broadcast to a network of 15 digitised Ster-Kinekor theatres across the country. The revision sessions will run every Sunday from 22 July to 23 September 2012. These will be presented in an educational and yet entertaining manner allowing learners to interact with subject experts who will be available at each cinema complex to assist with questions and answers from the pupils.

This year, EduC8 will reach three additional areas – Witbank, Richards Bay, and Kuruman – as part of the project’s commitment to being as widely accessible as possible, and giving equal opportunities to all disadvantaged learners. Special allowance will once again be made for learners who will not be able to attend the revision sessions due to their geographical locations.