BIG have gone beyond the corporate cultural boundaries of Corporate Social Responsibility by establishing a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) in South Africa called the Bunengi Foundation. Whilst to many the understanding is to share profits with the communities around the business, our approach is to transform the lives of the communities around our business and those affected by our business.
The Bunengi Foundation is driven by the motto “Do Good. Have Fun. Transform Lives”. We deliver on our motto by giving back through sustainable development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, with a focus on women.
As a prominent women-empowerment business in Africa, we realise the importance of promoting self-sustainability initiatives in various sectors.
We understand the need to grow with our communities hence our commitment to teach and empower those close to our strategic intent.
Africa STEM Programme
The Bunengi Foundation initiated the ‘African First Ladies Discussion’ held alongside the UN General Assembly in New York. This is an annual event and premier forum for first ladies and business executives supporting the development of the African girl child in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The primary objectives of the Africa STEM Programme are to actively engage Africa’s political and business leadership in a discussion that serves to cultivate a better grasp of the social and economic imperatives of developing scientifically, mathematically and technologically competent human resources in Africa.
BIG’s education intervention programmes operate in various parts of the world and in Africa’s poorest regions. This programme focuses on addressing the educational needs of the African girl to ensure that they are recognised and empowered.
The programme aims to
support rural, township and inner city disadvantaged learners in grasping and passing crucial subjects at a level that boosts the possibility of access to institutions of higher learning, and inevitably empowering them to pursue careers in highly technical and specialised fields.
equip young female learners (who often are marginalised and vulnerable) with high school academic and life skills.
The intervention involves a comprehensive, integrated approach. Lessons cover six key subjects, including Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, English (First Additional Language), Mathematical Literacy and Natural Science. The lessons are delivered primarily through an electronic, audio-visual medium.