PROTEC ENRICHES YOUNG MINDS
By: Dineo Phathi
Protec INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) along with the Durban Municipality hosted a Career Day for Mathematics and Physical Science students at the KwaMashu Teachers Centre.
The aim of this programme is to highlight the importance of MST (Maths , Sciences and Technology), to help youngsters that are talented in MST from grade 10 to 12 and to establish their skills in these subjects through the 30 Saturday school classes which are taught by teachers and lecturers from various schools and unversities in Durban. There is a vacation or “vac” school programme which is mainly based on technology.
Protec is a non-government organisation which has eight branches in Kwa-Zulu Natal and also the highest in any other province.
“Besides teaching the kids Science we also take them out on site visits, career development we te ach them how to apply for bursaries and university, we invite speakers to come and motivate them,” said Protec INK Manager Joan Grouws.
The centre has a specialised programme for grade 11 learners every winter break to do a week’s worth of work experience with an organisation to let them experience the “working world”. The centre also runs a parent programme to get parents involved. “We try to involve the parent as much as possible for the learners development,” said Gouws.
“Education is the tool to change the world,” said Mandla Malakoana, motivational speaker and executive manager from Water and Sanitation, as he addressed the Protec class of 2013. Malakoana encouraged learners, more ecspecially the matrics, to work hard. “Whatever decision you make in life, you must be able to reap the the consequences of your decision,” he said.
Thamsanqa Magubane, a Protec alumni of 2012, praised the centre for the work that they do. Magubane received six distinctions last year in his final matric examinations. He also received a cash prize, which was not disclosed by Protec, for him to buy a laptop. “Through hardwork anything is posssible I owe a special thank you to my role model Sphesihle Mthembu who kept on motivating me everytime I was down and more ecspecially God,” said Magubane. He is a 1st year Engineering student at the University of Johannesburg.
At the end of the event students received blankets sponsored by Nedbank for their dedication.