Science education has this week been elevated at some of the Western Cape's most underprivileged schools.
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has led the opening of nine newly built science learning centres rolled out at disadvantaged schools in the province.
The initiative, in collaboration with the non-profit organisation Garden Cities Archway Foundation, aims to make science more accessible to pupils across the Cape.
UWC's Professor Shaheed Hartley says the programme will expose learners to a practical science syllabus.
He explains that UWC's Science Learning Centre for Africa (SLCA) has been running science clubs at the schools and training science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers.
Schools that will benefit from the programme are in areas such as Vredenburg, Nyanga, Mossel Bay and Albertinia.
We've been working in historically disadvantaged schools for many, many years.— Prof Shaheed Hartley, Director of UWC's Science Learning Centre for Africa
They are more than just laboratories. It's a creative space where the culture of science-learning and science-teaching can be incubated and flourish.— Prof Shaheed Hartley, Director of UWC's Science Learning Centre for Africa
It's about exciting learners and getting them to want to do science.— Prof Shaheed Hartley, Director of UWC's Science Learning Centre for Africa
A total of 54 science learning centres have been opened across the province since 2011.
Each centre is valued at approximately R1 million, the professor explains.
Take a listen to him explain the impact of the science centres on learning: