This month The KZN Science Centre team heads to Umlazi district to train over 100 educators in the practical experiments of the 2014 curriculum. This capacity building initiative is a continuation of the science centre’s partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Maths, Science and Technology (MST) Unit and will see just over 500 educators from 4 districts within our province, being engaged in interactive science practical workshops. The aim of this initiative is to provide educators with the learning tools necessary to perform curriculum based science experiments with learners in the classroom. This in turn will assist learners in understanding science through creating a link between textbook theory and tangible learning through experience.
CEO of The KZN Science Centre, Ms Candice Potgieter highlighted the importance of motivating educators to introduce practical learning of science in the classroom, “Projects such as these mean that we are part of the difference in ensuring the placement of capable educators in our schools which in turn ensures capable learners”.
The partnership between The KZN Science Centre and the provincial education department serves to contribute to the improvement of Mathematics, Science and Technology performance in schools across KZN, through sustainable initiatives such as this where educators and learners remain the key beneficiaries.
The KZN Science Centre, a Non-Profit Organization (NPO #064-359–NPO), is situated at the Gatewa Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga and offers a great variety of educational and event facilities following an extensive revamp in 2009. Through variety of exhibits, workshops, themed holiday programmes, events, presentations and conferences, The KZN Science Centre aims to promote science awareness amongst all citizens and in particular the youth, in order to encourage them to pursue science and technology related professions. As a registered non-profit organization, all funds received by The KZN Science Centre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits.
Those who wish to become part of The KZN Science Centre’s online community are encouraged to ‘Like’ KZN ScienCentre on Facebook, follow @KZNScienCentre on Twitter, or visit The KZN Science Centre at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping or website at www.kznsc.org. As a registered non-profit organization, all funds received by The KZN Science Centre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits. For further enquiries, The KZN Science Centre front desk can be contacted on 031-5668040.