Boksburg will be buzzing with excitement from 2 to 5 October as hundreds of young scientists from across Africa descend on the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre to compete in the 38th annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF). More than 500 of Africa’s top future engineers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians and innovators will be competing at the country’s largest school-level science fair for a chance to take home prizes worth more than R8.5 million. This one of a kind event does not only bring together the brightest young scientists from across South Africa, but also friends from Lesotho, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Mexico. These bright young minds have earned a spot at Eskom Expo ISF after beating the competition at a series of regional finals, and they will be poised to showcase their innovative projects to a panel of judges and industry experts in the hope of bagging one of the top prizes - a scholarship to study in Germany sponsored by Siemens, as well as 16 full bursaries to study anywhere in South Africa from Eskom. For 38 years now, the Eskom Expo has been cultivating a passion for the sciences in young people, giving participants a fun and exciting way to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI). “The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists creates a platform for future scientists and engineers across South Africa, to establish a base for their future careers. The competition is a great launch-pad for motivated youngsters keen to explore these fields and change not only their circumstances but their environments for the better. It is an ideal catalyst for unearthing the country’s brightest young minds in mathematics and science and also opens their eyes to the various options and many exciting career opportunities available in the extensive scientific world,” says Executive Director of the Eskom Expo, Parthy Chetty. The Eskom Expo has . . .
Hello World: Look Who’s Growing book launch. Saturday, 7 October. The much-anticipated next edition of the Hello World series, by Dr Diana Du Plessis is launching on Saturday, 7 October in Linden [Linden, Johannesburg, October 7] Dr Diana Du Plessis and her co-authors; Aneke Grobler, Rebecca Coetzee and Marlize Visser will be launching their new title, Hello Word: Look Who’s Growing on Saturday, 7 October 2018, 10:00am,1st floor; Pine Park Centre 2 Dalmeny Street (CNR Bram Fisher), Linden. Hello World: Look Who’s Growing presents parents with the development of their baby from conception to 5 years of age. This book will assist you in tracking your baby’s growth and development and prepare you for what you might expect at each stage. As you get to know your baby, you will gain more confidence as a parent and be able to spot more easily when something is wrong. But in these early days, you may not be able to tell if the change in your baby’s behaviour is normal or a real problem. It is impossible to over-estimate the importance of play to babies and young children, as it forms the basis of all learning. This book suggests activities that cover all the main areas of development to fit in with your baby’s natural milestones, so that your baby’s truly astonishing skills will be acquired in connection with her brain and body. Although the focus is on new parents, this book is appropriate for nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students as well. We welcome all to join, as well as media. Please RSVP before October 12. Hello World: Look Who’s Growing is the ultimate guide to your child’s developmental steps followed by: Hello World: Watch Me Eat Hello World: See Me Drink Hello Word: A Baby’s Journey ### If you would like more information about this topic, please call Aneke at +27 (83) 227 5442, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kwikspace, the southern African specialist in manufacturing and erecting mobile, temporary and permanent prefabricated modular buildings, has commissioned one of its own relocatable structures as the onsite Kwikspace Learning Academy. Following on the success of Kwikspace’s Adult Based Education and Training (ABET) programme, which began in 2005, the Learning Academy was developed to upskill employees and is now Kwikspace’s National Training Centre. Launched in May 2018, the Academy is housed in a 57 m² classroom-like portable structure which can accommodate 24 employees and their trainer. Accredited courses run for between one and three days with training conducted by outsourced specialists, all of whom are accredited by their respective Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). “The Academy forms part of Kwikspace’s internal CSI,” explains Thabisa Moleshe, Human Resources Executive, Kwikspace. “We also realise that some of our employees would like to expand their academic qualifications beyond our in-house training. With this in mind, we award bursaries for employees to study further, with the criteria being that courses studied are in line with Kwikspace’s organisational needs.” All employees who undergo training receive certificates of attendance, while certificates of competence are awarded to those who pass accredited training. “The introduction of the Kwikspace Learning Academy was a natural progression from the company’s ABET training initiative, which has been running for 13 consecutive years,” Moleshe says. Also conducted at Kwikspace’s Kliprivier factory premises, the adult education covers ABET levels 1 to 4, which is essentially school grades 1 through to grade 9. “The ABET offering is extremely successful, with a number of our employees continuing through the various levels year-on-year,” Moleshe concludes. “At Kwikspace, we are committed to providing upskilling courses and educational advancement for all employees. As the National . . .
iStore and Think Ahead present Excellence in Education Awards 2018 Johannesburg, 2 October 2018 — iStore and Think Ahead Education Solutions are proud to present the prestigious, Excellence in Education Awards 2018 – recognising and celebrating creativity and innovation in education. The awards – which has become a significant annual event in education across the country – celebrate excellence in bringing learning to life and aims to lead students to critical thinking, innovation and collaboration. The Excellence in Education Awards 2018 rewards the innovators in this educational evolution, and over the past 10 years, thousands of entries from a multitude of schools have been received as technology continues to play a bigger role than ever before. Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, commented, “Education needs to change to meet the demands of the world in which we work, live and learn. We need to ensure we develop skills such as creativity, critical problem solving and collaboration. The Excellence in Education Awards promotes and celebrates this critical educational shift.” Chris Dodd, CEO of iStore, added, “Technology integration in schools is important to us and through initiatives like Excellence in Education, we are able to help school practitioners design and implement the best possible education experiences for teachers and students”. The iStore sponsored Excellence in Education Awards 2018 will be held on 25 October 2018 at The Venue in Melrose Arch. Bookings can be done here. About iStore iStore is an Apple Premium Reseller (APR) which is a dedicated hub for Apple products and accessories. With 25 stores conveniently situated across the continent, iStore is the largest APR in Africa. iStore aims to maximise customer value offerings by providing an authentic Apple experience and extensive range of connected devices, as well as exclusive services such as in-store complimentary training, technical support, and technical . . .
Kwikspace has been actively involved in contributing to educational infrastructure facilities’ development in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Primarily an agricultural and industrial province, aging prefabricated school buildings in several of the province’s districts are being demolished to make way for brick and mortar-constructed replacements – a 24 to 30 month process. To ensure that learning continues unabated, Kwikspace was contracted by the Eastern Cape Education Department to provide interim modular classrooms to accommodate 1 700+ learners, as well as offices and other necessary infrastructure for seven schools. In another, almost concurrent, educational infrastructure project, Kwikspace was contracted by the Coega Development Corporation to provide appropriate and adequate school structures for 300 learners in a R7.8-million project called the Zamukhanyo Farm School. Located near Stutterheim, also in Port Elizabeth, Kwikspace mobile structures replaced the dilapidated rented farm building used by the school for a number of years. The Zamukhanyo project Zamukhanyo School now comprises eight 7 X 9 m classrooms with lighting, plug points, blackboards and pin boards; a fully functioning kitchen with amenities, administration block with appropriate electrification, Grade R classroom and ablution facilities, paved assembly and parking areas. The area dedicated to the Grade R structure also received a jungle gym. All earthworks formed part of the contract, as did civils, electrification and water and sanitation connections. “The site on which the school was developed has access to the municipal water and waste infrastructure,” explains Glen Moss, Eastern Cape Area Manager, Kwikspace. “So once the buildings were complete it was a simple matter of linking the school to the municipal system and tapping into the municipality-provided Eskom connection. This ensured that we provided a fully functioning school with all necessary amenities.” Site work . . .
iSchoolAfrica’s and I’M Original #GirlSafe campaign wins “Online Strategy of the Year Award” in the New Generation Awards 2018 Johannesburg, 28 September 2018 —iSchoolAfrica is ecstatic to announce that their #GirlSafe campaign, in partnership I'M Original Productions has won an award at the this year’s New Generation Awards at the prestigious award gala ceremony last night at Monte Casino, in the category Gold Winner Online Strategy of the Year. The campaign was commissioned by The United States Mission To South Africa and The US Presidents Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR). The #GirlSafe campaign was created for the youth to add their voice to the call to make Gender Based Violence history. The #GirlSafe campaign is a groundbreaking project, inspiring new Media Change Makers with a key goal of delivering a #GirlSafe South Africa. The Online Strategy of the Year Award recognises a strategic concept in the digital domain that has managed digital and media diversity in the online sector meaningfully and rigorously, from the planning stage through to implementation and evaluation, to achieve value creation. Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, commented, “We are overjoyed about winning this special award. Since its inception in 2010, the iSchool Press Team programme has grown from strength to strength and has exposed hundreds of youth to a new world of digital literacy. The aim of the programme is to give young South Africa a voice by allowing youth to share their opinions on critical issues that affect them.” Ingrid Martens, Director of I’m Original, added, “We are so thrilled to have won The #NewGenAwards Online Strategy of the Year Award. The biggest acknowledgement goes out to our incredible #GirlSafe Media Change Makers, their supporters and their mentors for their commitment, enthusiasm and invaluable powerful campaigns and call to action #GirlSafe films. To this being a big enabling step for us to inspire, equip and . . .
Johannesburg, 28 September 2018 — iStore South Africa and Think Ahead are ecstatic to announce that celebrity and former private secretary to Nelson Mandela, Zelda La Grange, will be one of the judges in the prestigious Excellence In Education Awards 2018, specifically the #100Mandela category. The awards celebrate South African schools using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning. The year 2018 marks a major milestone in the incredible story of Nelson Mandela – his centenary. The awards this year introduced a special category to honour Madiba. This category provided students the opportunity to honour the Mandela legacy by applying creativity to the theme of #RememberingMandela. Students were challenged to submit a two-minute video that must be innovative, creative and passionate. Ms La Grange commented, “In order for any legacy to remain current we have to provide the youth continuously and consistently with tools and skill to disseminate the legacy in an apt form. This is a fun way for youngsters to be innovative about Madiba’s legacy, to learn and to create an appetite for history. I look forward to experience their creativity.” Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, added, “The Excellence in Education Awards has become a significant annual event in education across the country – celebrate excellence in bringing learning to life and aims to lead students to critical thinking, innovation and collaboration. Over the past 10 years, thousands of entries from a multitude of schools have been received as technology continues to play a bigger role than ever before.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In celebration of Teacher’s Day on 05 October next week, Adopt-a-School Foundation hosted a teacher-themed Big Books event at Qhobosheane Primary School in Diepkloof, Johannesburg today. This was the first of five such events aimed at developing reading, writing and creative skills in learners across South Africa. Grade six and seven learners excitedly coloured, collaged and completed activities using Croxley-sponsored stationery at the event. The learners unleashed their creativity in the hopes of having their work added to a children’s book called Thembi Discovers the Magic of Teaching. Participants competed to win a cash prize for their writing and a party for the most creative class. “Teachers are arguably the most important factor in a learner’s education. Unfortunately, South Africa is facing a shortage of qualified teachers,” says Banyana Mohajane, head of programmes at Adopt-a-School Foundation. “This, amongst other factors, is a key contributor to poor education outcomes and can be linked to South Africa’s recent global ranking as one of the worst in the world for a reading literacy study**,” she continues. “The sad reality it that impoverished areas suffer most from teacher shortages, which leads to overcrowding, as one teacher is often tasked with the instruction of more than one class at a time. This, in turn, contributes to an achievement gap that disadvantaged learners may never hope to cross,” says Mohajane. “To help bridge this gap, we employ a unique Whole School Development (WSD) approach to school development. This involves holistically improving the school by focussing on the academic, infrastructural, social, and security environment in which a school operates,” she continues. Zanele Khubeka, an educator at Qhobosheane comments on the changes she has noticed at their school: “Before Adopt-a-School came to Qhobosheane we lacked motivation and were understaffed, with too few teachers and too many learners. Since they adopted us, we . . .
UMZAMOWETHU, OYSTER BAY – ABOUT 1,000 pupils, their parents and teachers flocked to the Umzamowethu Community Hall on Heritage Day to meet US astronaut Dr Donald Thomas and listen to him speak of how – despite his humble beginnings – he became an intrepid space traveller. Thomas was visiting the community on invitation of the Kouga Wind Farm, as part of the Eastern Cape leg of his tour which started in Cape Town earlier this month (September 16). After visiting pupils in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, he wrapped his tour on Wednesday (September 26) in Grahamstown. The talk formed part of Kouga Wind Farm’s sustainable development drive in the communities within its geographic footprint, with education being a key area of investment. Among the wind farm’s many other community upliftment programmes is a R4-million custom-built library and IT centre launching later this year. Addressing the pupils, Thomas detailed the many obstacles he overcame, including growing up in an impoverished home without a dad and, on many occasions, even without food on the table. He had to work hard to earn scholarships for university in order to land the education he needed to become an astronaut, he told pupils. “Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something,” he told the star-struck youngsters, stressing the importance of never giving up on one’s dreams and that hard work really does pay off in the end. “You should be willing to work hard towards your dreams and not be deterred by those that tell you it can’t be done,” he said. Thomas also described what it was like to fly in a space shuttle and answered questions from pupils which included how he managed to eat, sleep and even use the toilet in outer space. During his 20-year tenure with NASA, which included four historic shuttle missions, Thomas logged over 1,000 hours of adventure in space and completed 692 orbits of the earth. His inaugural mission aboard the STS-65 Columbia in July 1994 set a new flight . . .
In the past 4 and a half years, a group of artists from Soweto have been meeting at a shopfront opposite Phefeni train station that was formerly run as a traditional chemist, with an objective to host art exhibitions, book launches, after school art classes and concerts. These cultural gatherings have among its patrons included live performances by beatmakers, musicians, emcees, visual artists, poets, up-cyclists and playwrights. It is in this form of expression that addressing their community challenges became the next incumbent step for the sake of cultural sustainability and relevance. The socially conscious artist’s voice became more essential than ever and this is where Trackside Creative, In Place Of War (IPOW), After School Art Project (ASAP) and Africa Express formed a partnership using art to resolve social ills faced by Sowetan locals. Founded in 2006, Africa Express brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to break boundaries, promote African music and offer a new perspective. From the 1st – 6th October Trackside Creative will host Trackside Live 2018 under the theme Cultural Activism on the Live Side of the Tracks. This is where prominent creative activists from the Soweto Art Community will engage with the likes of the award-winning composer, artist and Beatboxer Reeps One from the United Kingdom on a number of subjects. This will be done through a series of workshops that are designed to promote industry awareness and collaboration among artists. This series of multi-dimensional workshops is where knowledge on Creative Entrepreneurship, Beat-making, Subvertising, Radio podcasting, Technical Sound Production and Digital Strategy will be explored. On Thursday, 4th October there will be a live hip-hop music showcase, featuring the Trackside Resident Band, Burning Clutch and Reeps One from the UK who will be rocking alongside Johannesburg’s finest lyrists including Smerf Illest, Devious Dee, Big Mike of Nirvana . . .