UL collaborates with community developers to promote science in rural schools

The Science Education Centre together with the Rural Development and Innovation Hub (RDIH) at the University of Limpopo (UL) have collaborated with various organisations to promote science and technology in rural schools

The two centres from UL collaborated with Bjatladi Traditional Council, Segopye Development Forum and Greater Tzaneen Community Foundation to celebrate the World Space Week at Bjatladi Senior Secondary School in the rural Segopye village, Mankweng.

Taking a theme of “Space Unites the World”, each year the World Space Week is celebrated on the first week of October to provide an opportunity for scientists to encourage learners to show interest in science, maths and technology through lessons and demonstrations.

The exhibitors informed hundreds of learners from six primary and two high schools in Mankweng Circuit about ways in which space, technology and science benefit human life. “Space, technology and science benefit human life by providing us with energy, sky, sun and weather, radios and television, thus without them we will suffer. The communication is made faster with technology and some people are breathing using the machines,” says one of the science experts.
To spark the learners’ interest in outer space, the schools competed in a number of activities while showcasing their understanding and experience of the planet earth. Some of the activities for the week were storytelling, drama, star gazing school competition, and toilets in space, all culminating in an award giving ceremony.

Makgefola Primary School based at Matshelapata village in Ga-Mamabolo received superior grades in their science demonstration of discovering the planet earth and they will be going to the Johannesburg Planetarium for an academic excursion.

The school’s Grade 7 learner, Dorcas Mahlatji, says she has learnt a lot and hopes to see more wonders from the planet earth in the near future.

Mankweng Circuit Manager, David Magagane said the World Space Week was a platform for the learners to maximise their potential and society should come together to help the learners sharpen their understanding of the earth.

Inspiring hope in the learners, Director for RDIH at UL Alida van Dyk, said the pupils were wonderful in their presentations, adding that while trying to reach for the planet, they should use science, maths and technology to learn to embrace one another.

“The community should start to learn from the planet in order to preserve it daily by not harming the environment because if anything went wrong, the planet could swallow everyone,” Van Dyk urges.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Partnerships at UL, Professor Jesika Singh says: “This is an excellent opportunity for local organisations in our country to come together and collectively help inspire and stimulate interests in the space as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.”
Date created: 2018-10-13 17:54:42

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