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PROTEC is using it’s education fund to improve the STEM subjects of students in impoverished area’s. Their track record so far is full of success stories!


PROTEC is a Non-Profit Organisation using it’s education fund to help improve the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects of students all over South Africa. It was started in 1982 in Soweto by the South African Institute of Civil Engineers to help create more interest in all Engineering fields as there was a lack of qualified engineers.

“PROTEC aims to uplift the general standard of education in STEM subjects at under resourced, rural schools by making their materials and resources available to these schools and their teachers.”

PROTEC has 9 branches all over South Africa offering tutoring to students from grade 10 to 12, there after they continue to tutor and mentor students whom have been through the high school programme and have moved onto university studies.

“PROTEC continues to mentor their learners after matric, through their tertiary education and into their first years in the working world to ensure that they are successfully placed. This Post School phase typically spans 7 years post matric.”

The organisation prides itself on all its success stories. 20% of PROTEC’s students receive study bursuries. 75% of PROTEC learners pursue engineering, science or technological courses at tertiary level.

Over 30 000 learners have passed through the PROTEC programme and are now qualifed Engineers, Scientists, Accountants, Entrepreneurs and Educators making a positive contribution to society and the economy.

“The PROTEC programme put me in a position that boosted my self confidence so much that when I went to interviews and saw all these other kids from expensive schools, I did not get intimidated.” – Sinothando Mzobe 

Sinothando earned a bursary to study Mechanical Engineering at UCT. Now an Engineer at Tongaat Hulett, she spends her spare time helping the PROTEC learners and running the Post School Programme

“Through PROTEC, doors of opportunity that I would not have imagined possible became available to me. Improving my understanding of Mathematics and Physical Sciences helped me gain access to higher education institutions and the fulfilment of my dreams.” – Victor Tibane

Victor Tibane graduated with BSc Honours Degree in 2009. Masters Degree in Geology in 2013 from the University of Pretoria. Currently registered for a PhD with a scholarship from Germany (DAAD).

To combat the education crisis in schools PROTEC designed and distributes schoolwork materials, teachers aids and other forms of work materials to be used in schools.

“PROTEC publishes a range of Grade 4 to 12 Science, Technology, Mathematics, Maths Literacy, English and the World-of-Work materials. The texts are accompanied by teacher guides and training.”

PROTEC is hosting its annual Golf Day on the 28th of February at the Houghton Golf Club and is inviting the public to join, for more information email them at

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Sources: Protec

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