All South African primary and high school learners in marginalised communities to have sufficient access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) laboratories, STEM resources, STEM learning support materials and STEM interventions programmes in order for learners to excel in these fields.
To encourage, motivate and support learners in South African primary and high schools in marginalised communities to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and to pursue STEM course and careers.
Objectives and Modus Operandi
Promote STEM and inspire learners – to promote STEM through the presentation of fun and interactive workshops, seminars and career fairs to encourage learners to study STEM at school. Learners are also inspired to pursue STEM at school through exposure orientated field trips geared at exposing and educating learners about different STEM fields.
Reinforce classroom learning and the STEM curricula – through the creation of school based STEM laboratories, on-site demonstrations of STEM experiments to learners at their schools and through individualised on-site STEM tutoring programmes based at their schools.
Empower learners with information regarding access to higher learning institutions – through engagement with STEM promotion organisations, university administration professionals and alumni of STEM faculties and facilitating information about admission criteria, access to opportunities, bursaries and scholarships.
Expose learners in disadvantaged communities to successful role models to encourage them to choose careers in the STEM fields – programmes are presented by senior university students and professionals who are of similar economic and cultural backgrounds. Presenters also mentor and guide participating youth in terms of social and developmental concerns and help them to build confidence and self-esteem to pursue STEM courses post matric and careers thereafter.
Demystify scientific disciplines and concepts – volunteers and presenters are encouraged to speak the local language predominant to the beneficiaries in order to ‘translate’ or decode scientific concepts and to encourage dialogue between the two parties.
Name of organisation: AmaQawe ngeMfundo (known as AmaQawe)
Type of organisation: Non-Profit Organization (NPO)