Two thousand fed academic insight at University's Sci-Enza
By Phindiwe Nkosi
Posted on 01 June 2009
Hearing impaired learners from Filadelphia Secondary School receiving information about Geo Information Systems via sign language. (Photo courtesy of Sci-Enza)
No less than 500 high school learners daily attended the “Work Your Future” Career Expo 2009 which was hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Sci-Enza Science Centre from 26 – 29 May 2009. This expo is an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government to develop the skills needed for Gauteng to attain the vision of “the smart province”.
According to Rudi Horak, curator of the Sci-Enza Science Centre, the focus of the expo was on scarce skills and the targeted schools were mainly from Gauteng. She asserts that what made this expo unique was the way in which the learners were influenced by the young graduate student role models at Sci-Enza.
“The science communicators served as a positive reflection to the learners. The learners opened up more to them during their interactive presentations and asked personal career related questions that they would perhaps not have had the courage to ask if it was not to their graduate peers,” says Horak.
One of the scarce skills graduates who also delivered a presentation on the careers in agriculture was Paul Ntshabele. “The learners were intrigued by the exciting careers in agriculture such as agronomy, horticulture and soil science. They asked many questions and were grateful for the exposure,” says Ntshabele.
Another science communicator, Nadine Broodryk reinforced the sentiments by emphasising that the learners were enriched by their personal experiences and studies. The realisation that there is so much out there that can be done to benefit the country is what she hopes the learners will take home with them.
Several exhibitors were there and they also had the opportunity to further enrich the learners with their contact sessions.