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Enabling a brighter future for disadvantaged learners through improved maths and science education.

Every child educated and given a chance at a better future contributes to a thriving economy for generations to come. This is why we’re committed to uplifting the standard of learning and teaching at disadvantaged schools, with a key focus on maths.

Our Blue Ladder School Project partners with schools throughout South Africa to improve maths literacy at a rudimental stage, as well as uplift the standard of nutrition and key facilities in schools to promote these developments.

What do we do

Improve learners’ maths competency levels, education on nutrition and upgrade key facilities in schools.

Why do we do it

Giving learners a headstart on a brighter future can impact our economy for generations to come.

Who benefits?

The learners, educators and their communities, as well as South Africa’s economy.

Other areas we are making a difference in:

Sanlam Learner Brilliance Programme with Protec, Words Open Worlds (WOW) Spelling Competition, Takalani Sesame, Executive Back to School, Sanlam Investments Vacation Programme, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Responsible Me HIV/AIDS Education Programme.


The project aims to set up five year partnerships with schools across South Africa that have been identified as being the most in need. To date, 75 schools have been identified with more than 2 000 educators benefiting.


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*Results to be updated as project unfolds.

Increasing access to advanced education, conservation and recreation

While improving the level of maths education is our priority, we have also invested in additional education, conservation and recreation programmes in partnership with local institutions. In doing so, we aim to give primary, secondary and tertiary learners a greater chance to change the course of their futures. We have invested in the following initiatives:

Thuthuka Bursary Programme

This programme offers financial support to BComm Accounting students in partnership with the Thuthuka Foundation and gives them the opportunity to apply for the Sanlam Chartered Accountant (CA) Training Programme.

Kay Motsepe Schools Cup

This national high school soccer tournament run by the Motsepe Foundation has been held at 4 200 schools across South Africa since 2010, reaching more than 100 000 learners.

WWF Water Stewardship Programme

Our partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa focuses on growing awareness around water conservation and sustainable living.