The KZN Science Centre has partnered with South Africa’s largest petroleum supplier in the roll out of a supplementary learning initiative for learners of the Umlazi district. The aim of this initiative is to offer educational support to learners through focused lessons; and continued exposure to learning in specific subjects outside the classroom. The petroleum giant has introduced the SAPREF Schools Intervention Programme (SSIP) as one of their Sustainable Development efforts for 2014 and hopes to continue this forward to 2015.
On the 26 April 2014, The KZN Science Centre hosted a briefing session with all the learner applicants to the programme. The session was attended by just over 240 learners from various schools within the Umlazi district. The session took learners through the key objectives of the programme including the importance of “improving ones academic career now to create opportunities for a career in the future” as stated by Project Leader Ms Nazley Kast.
The SAPREF Schools Intervention Programme will see 384 learners become part of a learning community under the guidance of The KZN Science Centre in partnership with SAPREF (Pty) Ltd. Learners will be taught by highly qualified tutors offering individual attention to those who are experiencing difficulty in various subject matter. “The KZN Science Centre is extremely excited to work with SAPREF in the roll out of this project” says Ms Candice Potgieter, CEO of The KZN Science Centre, “not only does this project improve maths and science in KZN but also encourages learner participation in related activities”.
The KZN Science Centre, a Non-Profit Organization (NPO #064-359-NPO), is situated at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga and offers a great variety of educational and event facilities following an extensive revamp in October 2009. Through a 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 Shopping 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.