Bringing science and technology to the community

MMC Ndosi Shongwe interacts with Sanele Nkabinde, a Grade Eight learner from Ephes Mamkele Secondary School in Wattville, while testing the environment technology equipment during the launch of the O R Tambo Environmental Education Centre.

The MMC of Environment and Waste Management Services, Clr Ndosi Shongwe, attended the event and highlighted the importance of preserving the environment.

According to the divisional head of the environmental resource management department, Patricia Sithebe, the purpose of the centre is for learners, educators and the public to interact with the environment and to mainatain the natural resources such as lakes and dams.“This centre promotes science and technology in the community,” she said.

The centre has interactive equipment that will provide learners with practical exposure to science and technology and the equipment used in the centre is also aligned to the school curriculum.

“There will be an education awareness team who will educate learners on how the equipment works,” said Sithebe.

The centre also has a mobile laboratory where learners can conduct experiments. According to Shongwe, the equipment is meant to assist learners with school projects. Shongwe continued to say that educated learners would in turn educate the community.

“Our daily existence is dependent on the environment, it is therefore our responsibility to protect it by utilising the globally standardised technological equipment,” she said.

“The resources in this centre are meant to assist our children with their school projects or experiments and enable easy, direct interaction with the environment,” said the MMC.

Community members and learners can look forward to learning more about energy-saving technology, wetlands and animals.

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