SPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS AND OUTREACH CAMPAIGN GREATER TAUNG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY 17-21FEBRUARY 2020
Youth in Science - a SANBio Perspective
In its continued effort to increase the Network’s outreach, creating awareness and promoting STEM related career fields among youth in the SADC community, the NEPAD SANBio participated at the Taung Space Science and Technology (SST) outreach. A week-long event which took place from 17-21 February 2020 at the Greater Taung Local Municipality in North West.
Over 1900 grade 10 to 12 learners attended event, hosted by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), in partnership with the GTLM, and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). Held under the theme, "The role of space science and technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution".
SANBio believes that the reskilling and upskilling initiatives for the youth is fundamental for higher education’s curriculum to prepare young people to participate in the FIR. Our schools need a future-ready curriculum that speaks to the increasingly technology-driven economy and learners require proficiency in science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) and digital literacy.
Products from the SANBio funded projects such as Resurrection Bush Tea, Healthy Smart Snacks and Niselo drink, were exhibited and presented to learners and the broader public. Learners were exposed and introduced to different scientific and technological careers within the science and technology sector in a fun and interactive demonstrations. The learners gained an insight into STEM careers; academia and they were impressed with the easy access to information regarding possible career paths they can follow in the future.
Other speakers included DSI Deputy Director-General: Technology Innovation, Mr Mmboneni Muofhe, who encouraged the learners to take responsibility for their choices, Greater Taung Education Sub-District Manager- Kerapetse Makhoana said awareness would help improve the learners' attitudes to science and encourage them to venture into careers they were interested in and many more which included the community leaders and government representatives.
story by: Ms Nontobeko Zulu - SANBio