Funzeleo Partners with Orica to Expand STEM Programs in Africa
Funzeleo Inc., a U.S.-based nonprofit with the mission to inspire and prepare African youth for science careers and other math-based professions, today announced a partnership with Orica, a global provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining industry.
As part of the three-year partnership, Orica’s financial support enables Funzeleo to expand its STEM programs in 2018 and beyond.
“Funzeleo has reached more than 23,000 students in Tanzania in the past three years,” said Lamech Mbise, President of Funzeleo. “With Orica’s generous support, we will now be able to expand our mission to Zambia to continue inspiring Africa youth to graduate from school and pursue high-demand, high-income science, engineering and other technical professions.”
Orica employees will also have the opportunity to support teachers by volunteering in Funzeleo classes while helping students connect classroom learning with opportunities in the job market.
“Preparing today’s students for science and math-based careers is especially important to the future of companies like Orica,” said Orica’s Group Executive Corporate Services and Company Secretary Kirsten Gray. “We are thrilled to be part of Funzeleo’s mission in Africa both in the classroom and as a future employer.”
Funzeleo, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Colorado, USA. Its mission is to inspire and prepare African youth for high-demand jobs in science, math, engineering, healthcare and technology. By developing experiential science, engineering and math programs and training teachers to implement the curriculum, Funzeleo awakens students to a world beyond the classroom, engages them in learning and enables them to see the impact of their education and future success. To learn more, visit www.funzeleo.org.
Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, construction and oil and gas markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction and expert ground support services.