UWC opens four new Science Learning Centres in Eden and Karoo Education District in January 2017
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) continued its mission to improve science at primary and high schools across the country. In partnership with the Garden Cities Archway Foundation and the Western Cape Education Department, the University opened four new UWC Science Learning Centres to support teaching and learning in the Eden and the Central Karoo Education District in January 2017.
The science centres – equipped with smartboards, microscopes and more – are constructed to give support and training to practising science educators, to get learners involved in science activities, and to allow both learners and educators to work and experiment in a safe environment.
The Director of the UWC Science Learning Centres for Africa Professor Shaheed Hartley in the Faculty of Education, and Garden Cities Archway Foundation CEO John Matthews joined principals of the respective schools to open four new UWC Science Learning Centres at schools in the Eden and the Karoo Education District of the Western Cape, namely:
1. Murray High School, Plettenberg Bay
2. Percy Mdala High School, Knysna
3. Tyholora Primary School, George
4. Garden Route Primary School, Mossel Bay
These four schools brings the total to forty (40) SLCs constructed, with a further eight to be opened soon.
The achievement of learners and teachers in national and international benchmarks tests paints a very bleak picture, and one that highlights a national crisis. UWC-SLCA’s mission is to help address these issues by developing a culture of science teaching and learning.
“We have to start with the basics: supporting teachers to have the confidence to teach science with an advanced level of understanding, knowledge and teaching skills,” Professor Shaheed Hartley, Director of UWC-SLCA, explained.
“Similarly we have to be creative in providing learners with opportunities that will draw their interest and willingness to learn. Certainly having a confident and knowledgeable science teacher in a conducive environment provided by the UWC Science Learning Centres is a step in the right direction.”
Organisations and funders who want to contribute to this exciting initiative are encouraged to make contact with the Director of UWC-SLCA, Prof Shaheed Hartley.