Science centre a guiding light

2016-02-11 06:00
Sophumela High School physical science teacher Nadia Mgxaji demonstrates the reaction between two substances where a new substance is formed, during the opening of the science learning centre in Samora Machel. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Sophumela High School physical science teacher Nadia Mgxaji demonstrates the reaction between two substances where a new substance is formed, during the opening of the science learning centre in Samora Machel. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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Sophumelela High School pupils in Samora Machel believe their new science learning centre will open doors for them.

Gcobani Mbontsi– a grade 11 maths and science pupil– said they will be able to do practical work in the centre.

“Before this, we didn’t have a place for science experiments. We only did theory,” said Gcobani.

The centre is armed with a projector and screen and microscopes for viewing mineral samples or animal or plant cells.

The centre was officially opened by the University of Western Cape in partnership with the Garden Cities Archway Foundation.

The institution and the foundation have already built a total of 32 learning centres with a further 10 centres planned for this year.

Professor Tyrone Pretorius said the opening of the centre was a joyous occasion.

“Education is the key for these pupils to build a better life for their families and themselves.

“Science and technology is the key to prosperity, and a key aspect of economic development in the country.

“I hope that we have planted a seed today that will keep on growing.

“This took the whole community and the school to build. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Principal Mzimasi Hoho couldn’t hide his excitement.

“I’m so excited about the centre. It will be very helpful not only to the pupils but to the teachers as well.

“It will make pupils excited and eager to learn.

“Sometimes pupils don’t want come to school to learn but with this material at their disposal, they will be keen to experiment,” said Hoho.

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