To bolster education and deliver practical and hands-on science learning experiences, approximately 10 000 learners and 30 teachers at 11 high schools in Nelson Mandela Bay will benefit from the newly launched Science2Go Mobile Resource Centre, funded by Ford Motor Company.
The Science2Go initiative is run by Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education(CASME) in collaboration with founding project partner and NAACAM member MAHLE Behr South Africa. “Science2Go is an initiative by CASME and MAHLE Behr to bridge the gaps in science teaching and learning in public schools,” said Henré Benson, director of CASME.
Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is supporting the project for a period of three years, with a grant of R1.4-million in the first year. Additionally, Ford South Africa donated a locally-built Ford Ranger pick-up that is used as the mobile science laboratory and resource centre.
“We are proud to welcome Ford as the sponsor of our Science2Go Mobile Resource Centre in Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Alex Holmes, Managing Director, MAHLE Careers South Africa and NAACAM NEC member. “It’s only through partnerships, such as this one, that South Africa can hope to enhance the skills of learners in the STEM space. We are grateful to Ford for its generosity towards this exciting endeavour.”