EThekwini Municipality Hosted the STEAM Indaba2016-07-01

Steam Indaba DelegatesOn 29 June 2016, the eThekwini Municipality, in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban University of Technology (DUT), Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) hosted a Science, Technology, E
ngineering, Accounting and Mathematics (STEAM) Indaba at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. This was done in an effort to attract learners to choose STEAM fields and to identify the challenges that are experienced by teachers in rural areas.

The STEAM Indaba was created for previously disadvantaged schools and to groom all future scientists to become informed about the shortage of STEAM graduates in South Africa and how they can use their skills for the benefit of their own communities.

Mr Vundla from the Ethekwini Municipality said “let us encourage growth and youth that will not use stones and sticks to demand things, but that will use education as their only weapon to tackle issues that are currently faced by our country.”

He encouraged the youth to push the STEAM initiative forward and he also thanked teachers for taking their time to attend the STEAM indaba while schools were on vacation for June holidays. “The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates and the great teacher inspires,” he concluded.

The Moses Kotane Institute together with the city is determined to create awareness about the importance of having more learners who are studying STEAM and to inspire them to become employable graduates who possess the right set of skills.

Mr Jay Naidoo, from the Basic Department of Education accentuated that education should be taught in a way that it is fun in order for learners to develop interest to study steam. “We should not fail our learners before even teaching them, principals and teachers should work together until they see the end result which is a productive learner.” 

All guest speakers spoke in one voice that teachers in rural areas lack adequate content knowledge and pedagogical content which leads to low quality of matric results. “There is a need for all universities to adopt nature schools located within their geographical regions in order to encourage learners to take STEAM as their preferred future career,” said Dr Bakure.