GIA Diamond Program South Africa
GIA recently sponsored nearly 1,100 students at the Moime and Refentse primary schools in rural Limpopo, South Africa by providing access to 2,500 educational books (1,500 donated by GIA employees). The opening ceremonies for the two Mandela Day Libraries took place on February 19 and 20, and included local government representatives, teachers and tribal authorities.
These events also hosted 20 students (ages 13-15) who participated in its Junior Gemologist program. The GIA Junior Gemologist program allowed participants to discover the world of gemology through various pragmatic training events. The program included teaching the traditional standards of the GIA, also known as the 4Cs, and showing students how to differentiate between various gemstones.
The GIA Diamond Program entitled “Mandela Day libraries” was dedicated to bridging the gap in literacy and reading proficiency in schools throughout South Africa. Through GIA’s donations of recycling shipping containers with new flooring, insulation, electricity and book shelves for libraries, individuals were taught to become self sufficient and role models for their peers.