Mobile science and IT labs at Molly Blackburn

2017-09-07 06:01

PPC has recently handed over another of its flagship Mobile Science and IT Labs to Molly Blackburn High School in KwaNobuhle.

The mobile lab incorporates both technology and the science equipment needed to conduct experiments covered in the high school science syllabus – bringing physics and chemistry to life as never before.

The Mobile Science Lab initiative was developed by PPC in direct response to supporting talented budding scientists, providing them with the tools to develop their skills.

Excited Grade 9, 10 and 11 pupils at Molly Blackburn were direct beneficiaries of the initiative – and enjoyed the demonstration of “science in action”.

The lab – a self-sufficient portable structure on wheels – will be used to teach science to learners at the school going forward, enabling practical interactive demonstrations, as well as appropriate revision for exams.

“Providing access to quality, meaningful education remains one of our continents and country’s greatest challenges,” said Kabira Akoob, CSI Manager at PPC.

“For education to create tangible future opportunities for our children, corporates need to collaborate with government and communities to help learners to develop the skills they need to achieve their dreams.”

A major development in the ongoing rollout of the PPC Mobile Science and IT Lab initiative has been the company’s collaboration with project partner Diebold Nixdorf.

Jean Christophe Bouche, Diebold Nixdorf’s Managing Director for East and Southern Africa, explained that the company was committed to contributing to youth development through this initiative.

“Education is a powerful tool for youth development and pivotal to transforming the economy. ”

Because sustainability is a key focus of the initiative, PPC has put various measures in place to ensure the most effective use of the lab. Educational company Brainwave will offer workshops and psychometric analysis to assist learners at the school with their subject selection and provide them with career guidance going forward.

PPC also partnered with government, as well as other corporate stakeholders to assist with other critical infrastructure needed at this school. These include the Hip Hope Foundation, the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Mineral Resources.

With measurable impact another critical aspect of the programme, PPC’s memorandum of understanding with the Department of Basic Education enables the company to monitor outputs of each and every lab.

This speaks directly to PPC’s short to medium-term plan of offering bursaries to deserving matriculants from participating schools who want to pursue PPC-related careers.

“We’re excited to be working with our partners, shaping the futures of our children in a positive way,” concluded Akoob.

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