Mechanics for Africa receive generous donation from Haynes
Haynes Publishing Group P.L.C (HYNS), the international market leader in automotive repair manuals and provider of technical information to professional mechanics, has teamed up with charity Mechanics for Africa (MfA) to provide a large number of Haynes manuals to the charity which offers high quality, highly-subsidised education to underprivileged young adults in Zambia.
Haynes has provided 50 manuals, covering 31 different models of car, to the MfA college which teaches 35 students a year the City & Guilds Diploma in Automotive Mechanics. The college, which educates 18 to 30 year olds from underprivileged backgrounds, including many AIDS orphans, has been running for 13 years and has graduated over 300 people in that time.
MfA also runs a fully commercial workshop where students spend a quarter of their time working alongside qualified mechanics on vehicles brought in by customers from the local area. In the next five years Mechanics for Africa hope to double the size of their college, as well as develop the workshop further in order to have the capacity to educate more young people.
In 2013 Haynes launched its “Mechanix” project in association with North London youth charity Prospex, which has since graduated 25 young people from low income families with a variety of qualifications in car maintenance and personal development. The project is now in its third terms with a group of young people renovating a VW Golf over a 12 week period.
J Haynes, Group Chairman, Haynes Publishing Group, said: “We are very happy to be involved with Mechanics for Africa and to send out a big batch of our manuals to help the charity’s success continue. We have seen from our “Mechanix” project in London the difference practical education can make to people’s lives and are delighted to be able to help this fantastic charity.”
Claire Stonier, Business Manager, Mechanics for Africa said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive this extremely generous donation from Haynes. The books are already making a huge difference to our students and workshop team. We can't thank them enough."
Mechanics for Africa is a successful Technical Training College based in the Zambian town of Ndola. The college provides high quality, highly-subsidised education to underprivileged young adults, who would otherwise not be able to afford any sort of tertiary education, thus giving them and their families a real step up for the future.
MfA offers the International City & Guilds Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering to 70 students over a 2-year programme. MfA has consistently been rated among the best technical colleges in Zambia, with a coveted ‘TEVETA Level 1 - Outstanding’ grading. Part of what makes Mechanics for Africa unique is that it runs a full commercial workshop on site (one of the largest in the province), so students gain hands-on experience of real vehicles within a well-run business environment.
In addition to the Mechanics training, students are taught computing, agriculture, and life-skills which include first aid, sexual health, nutrition, interview skills and communication among other elements.
As an entirely not for profit institution, income comes largely from a student sponsorship programme in the UK and also from our onsite commercial workshop, so support like that provided by Haynes is invaluable.
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Haynes Publishing Group is the worldwide market leader in the production, publication and sale of automotive and motorcycle repair manuals. Floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1979, Haynes serves two distinct markets – the DIY customer through its Owners Workshop Manual and the automotive professional repair market through HaynesPro.
All manuals reflect the same ‘hands on’ and personal approach – the in-house Haynes team takes extensive photographs and notes, describing the process, whilst also telling the truth about how hard or easy the full procedure is. For a car manual, it takes three to six months from the start of a project to the final publication; writing the text alone takes 20 to 30 man weeks.