NWU focuses on the Year of Chemistry
The North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus was the host of the National Science Week this year, where the emphasis was on the “Year of Chemistry”.
Several learners and teachers of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda education district attended the week’s proceedings.
Dr SH Mvula, district head of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda education district, did the “rocket launch” outside the Science Centre.
From left are Prof Jan Smit, manager of the Science Centre, Mr Nico Morabe, Dr SH Mvula, Prof Kobus Pienaar, dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Dr Sello Rapule and Prof Ernst Breet of the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
Prof Kobus Pienaar, dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, said during the official opening that it is important that children should be exposed to science from an early age already. “Every child is curious and wants to find out how everything works, and this is how interest is cultivated.”
Dr Sello Rapule, lecturer at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, is of the opinion that emphasis must be placed on the development of science and chemistry in South Africa. “Compared to other countries, we are not doing too well yet.”
Dr SH Mvula, district head of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda education district, emphasised the fact that South Africa is under pressure to promote science among the youth.
He thanked the NWU for the initiative with Science Week and encouraged the youth to start dreaming and to chase their dreams. “If you want to make the world a better place, you must start with the person in the mirror.”