The Nelson Mandela Bay Science & Technology Centre (NMBSTC) operated by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) hosted the first annual Learner Summit in partnership with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Volkswagen Learning Academy.
The summit targeted Grade 9 – 11 learners from 20 schools, and accommodated 15 exhibitions from various institutions. The exhibitors enlightened learners about the different career paths and opportunities within their respective areas. The summit was attended by the schools listed below:
- Rocklands Intermediate School,
- Zanolwazi Senior Secondary School,
- Molly Blackburn Senior Secondary School,
- Phaphani Senior Secondary School,
- Solomon Mahlangu Senior Secondary,
- VM Kwinana Senior Secondary, and
- Limekhaya Senior Secondary School.
The Helenvale LEAP programme also brought along 19 unemployed youths to the Summit.
NMBSTC Manager, Singathwa Kuli said, “The learner summit’s objective to provide support, share knowledge and educate the learners about universities, colleges, gap years and various opportunities available to them to assist them in making informed career and educational choices.”
“The Centre is well-known for providing Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) education support through fun and interactive engagements with learners. Henceforth, the summit will provide a platform for knowledge-sharing, where learners will interact with industry, learning institutes and other relevant organisations, added Kuli.”
The MBDA’s Research, Innovation and Sustainability Department supports the Centre in providing curriculum engagements with schools through in-house and outreach programmes, as well as assisting learners discover the daily applications of STEMI in their communities. In the 2019/20 financial year, the NMBSTC reached over 16 000 learners from communities across the Nelson Mandela Metropole and greater Eastern Cape.