Iconic malls contribute to education, as schools close amidst pandemic

As South Africa finds itself in an unchartered pandemic, amidst the uncertainty and fear, hope and humanity must still come together to tackle some of the challenges currently being experienced. With schools forced to close, there are valid concerns around what this means for the schooling year and setbacks in curriculum, not to mention, many parents who will be working from home with limited time to home school. 

  In line with this, Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Liberty Midlands Mall, Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre and Botshabelo Mall, have made available, at no charge, their SnapStudy education initiative to learners by providing access to complimentary online high school courses to assist scholars, both in private as well as government schools. 

  SnapStudy was designed to offer shoppers, based on their loyalty and spend within the abovementioned malls, the opportunity to study online Boston Connect courses. Boston Group, through its Ivy Schools, finds itself in the ideal position to step in and assist in the months ahead with its distance learning capabilities and array of multimedia resources, ready to engage learners and create a space for interactivity, creativity and knowledge construction. And with the funding and sponsorship of learners from respective malls, and curricula and home-schooling expertise from the Boston Group – they are making it a reality for high school students whose schooling has been interrupted, and who do not have access to either home schooling or digital e-learning through their schools. 

How does it work?  

Interested learners need to apply by sending a WhatsApp to (011) 551 9019 (this is a WhatsApp hotline) and provide their cell phone number or email address, as well notify SnapStudy as to their nearest mall (from the list provided above). Once the submission has been processed, learners will be notified for their complimentary online tutorials. 

  Learners will then need to visit SnapStudy at to register for the courses they are interested in. All high school courses available will include course lectures, which can be done in their own time, as well as regular assessments and report back to parents. 

  “The President, during his announcement, asked corporate South Africa to contribute as much as possible during what will be a very difficult time for everyone, especially those that are impoverished,” stated the participating malls. “We believe that by assisting school students, through Snap Study, we can create some positive educational outcomes, and help others stand in solidarity, during such an unprecedented time.”

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