Msizi Khathide facilitating the workshop
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA)’s Science Advancement Service (SAS) unit, responsible for outreach and public engagements programmes, recently visited the North West province on the 20 – 22 October 2015 for an Educators Training workshop.
The SAS team conducted a practical workshop for Grade 7 Natural Science educators from three Bojanala Education Area Offices covering 3rd and 4th term curriculum. The team led by Msizi Khathide, Dan Matsapola and Sibongile Chabalala trained educators from Letlhabile, Moretele and Moses Kotane education area offices.
As part of a strategic goal to develop national human capacity and ensure transformation, SANSA has an objective of increasing youth awareness in science.
In support of this goal, SANSA trains and develops South Africans in key areas of national interest by promoting the uptake and appreciation of science among the youth and to improve the overall scientific literacy of the general public.
Teachers participating in practical activities
The Educators’ training workshop is a result of a partnership that was established earlier in 2015 between SANSA and the North West Department of Education and Sport Development.
“The workshop was developed in line with the new Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) which emphasizes the importance of linking theoretical components taught within the Natural Science curriculum with practical real-life application and to further undertake interactive hands-on practical activities.” said Dan Matsapola.
SANSA compiled a manual which aided the workshop. The manual covered 3rd and 4th term Natural Science curriculum which focuses on “Energy and Change” and “Earth and Beyond”. In their three days visit to the Bojanala district, the SAS team managed to train a total of 77 educators. One of the teachers said the training was beneficial and looks forward to imparting the skills and the knowledge to the learners. Another teacher mentioned that the training helped in also addressing the space science and technology content gap.
After watching a NASA video of Curiosity Rover landing on planet Mars, teachers felt inspired and appreciated the important their role in teaching basic science to learners. This will also help in motivating and encouraging learners to take up scientific studies. Teachers also showed a huge interest in visiting SANSA facilities with the learners so that they can gain deeper understanding of Space Science & Technology.