Covid-19-induced disruptions are not getting in the way of the more than 600 Grade 12 maritime economics students across South Africa who will write their final NSC/IEB maritime economics examination on 25 November thanks to the launch of a series of 12 videos produced to assist the Class of 2020 prepare for their final exams.
The videos can be viewed free of charge via the website www.maritimesa.org and applications have been made to the department of basic education to zero-rate the website to assist students gain access to this important resource without the need for data or an internet connection.
They represent a new partnership between renowned maritime educator Brian Ingpen and the Bahamas-based TK Foundation (https://www.tkfoundation.bs/), which funded the video project in its entirety.
According to the foundation’s managing director, Susan Karlshoej, its mission is to fulfil the legacy of J Torben Karlshoej, the founder of the Teekay Corporation, one of the world’s largest marine energy transportation companies.
“One way the TK Foundation carries out his legacy is by supporting maritime programmes that give underserved youth an opportunity to succeed in the maritime field.
“These videos, produced by a long-serving and now retired educator from the STS Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon's Town School, are the perfect avenue for delivering its mission.”
The intention is to produce videos for all three grades (Grades 10 to 12) in order to boost maritime education and overall maritime awareness in South Africa.