The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is mandated to promote industrial development and job creation in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Since a strong skills base is key to building a robust and globally competitive manufacturing sector, the IDC’s corporate social investment (CSI) activities are centred on growing the potential of the country’s human capital by supporting education, skills development and entrepreneurship. In 2013, the IDC set out to deliver holistic and sustainable solutions to schools. It established a long-term partnership with the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which uses a whole school development model to address the academic, infrastructural, social and security environments in ‘adopted’ schools – some of the most under-resourced and marginalised in the country – to ensure that they are conducive to excellence in teaching and learning. Since then, the IDC has invested R100 million into 20 high schools and 10 primary schools across the country.
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