Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, launched National Science Week (NSW) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s, Missionvale Campus, in Port Elizabeth at the start of August 2017.
On 4 and 5 August, Bayer was one of ninety organisation’s that participated in bringing the world of science to the public.
NSW is a countrywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) that exposes the public and learners to the wonders of science. In its 18th year, NSW-coordinated by SAASTA (South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement) on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology-hosts a week of national science celebrations. Bayer, in partnership with Penreach are just two of over ninety organisations that brought the world of science to the South African public during NSW 2017.
Under the theme of “Advancing Science Tourism”, Bayer and Penreach, showcased what they can offer when it comes to science tourism. Andile Ncotsa, Penreach CEO, explains, “We were privileged to demonstrate to the Minister of Science and Technology and thousands of learners our small contribution in this endeavor, with the support of Bayer through their provision of the Baylab, a fully equipped mobile lab that helps schools to conduct experiments that are aligned to CAPS, as well as to improve science awareness among children at crèches and the community at large.”
The launch attracted thousands of learners, students, academics, and general participants, including teachers and policy-makers. An educator at a local school in Port Elizabeth explained the impact the NSW has had on her learners: "The 2017 NSW made our learners realise that most classroom content can be so much fun, which further assisted them to inculcate the love of science, which is actually driven by an intrinsic motivation to excel in science and therefore they are encouraged to pursue careers in science and technology."
The NSW launch also demonstrated the urgent need for broad discussions about South African tourism and its link to science in natural diversity. It further highlighted the importance of partnerships such as the one between Bayer and Penreach. We look forward to further collaboration with Penreach in an effort to bring the world of science to South Africans.