News | 03.12.2014

International Mandela School exchange for Eastern Cape learners.

Anda August and Ntando Tshinavha, the winners of the International Nelson Mandela Exchange Program,
© Siemens South Africa

Siemens Stiftung boosts science education in South Africa

Two promising learners from the Mandela School of Science and Technology in the Eastern Cape have won places on the inaugural International Mandela School Exchange, an initiative of the Siemens Stiftung.

Ntando Tshinavha and Anda August will travel to Berlin to attend the International Nelson Mandela School for ten days, gaining valuable education and experience and meeting students from all over the world.

The exchange is one of the Stiftung’s many education initiatives in the Eastern Cape and South Africa. Mandela School principal Pat Toni will also travel to Berlin for peer to peer mentoring with his counterpart Christian Nitschke, who attended the opening of Mvezo‘s Mandela School in January 2014.

The Siemens Stiftung’s education initiatives in South Africa have reached 150 schools and 270 educators, and more than 20 000 learners. Its Experimento kits, already in use at the Mandela School, help teachers to run creative and interactice science classes in line with the latest teaching practices.

The Stiftung has launched four Science Competence Centres across South Africa, and begun cooperation with Wits University, Walter Sisulu University (WSU), the University of the Western Cape, The University of Cape Town and North-West University, with lectures and workshops for university teaching staff. 

It is working with WSU to train teachers and teaching students to improve their science education methods.