The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Chemistry lecturers were awarded a certificate of commendation for their outstanding outreach programme to high schools in the KwaZulu-Natal, Umnini thusong Community Centre South Coast’s Ugu District Municipality.
Dr Myaloyenkosi Sabela, Dr Phumlane Mdluli and Sandile Sithole, three colleagues from the DUT Chemistry department were recognised by the Umkhomazi Circuit Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal, at their matric awards ceremony, for their outreach programmes with Saphumula Secondary School, Singele High School, Vumandaba Secondary School and Hlengiwe High School.
The three DUT staff were awarded with a certificate of commendation for their outstanding work with outreach programmes in the studies of Physical Science. The certificate was handed over by Lungile Chiliza, the Ugu District Wellness Programme co-ordinator.
Umkhomazi Circuit Manager, MBL Mthembu said: “Our learners have amazed us, we had never received 65% in the history of our existence, and we are now at 73.33%. Thank you DUT so much for your support in Chemistry, we have seen marked improvements in our results in Physical Science. I therefore would like to extend our gratitude in the way you have helped us.”
Speaking on their roles, Dr Sabela added, “We can do more if we can receive additional assistance in any form because this is our second time doing these outreach programmes for high schools teaching Physical Science Studies.”
The trio continue to conduct experiments that are relevant to the schooling syllabus and helping high school learners develop and understand scientific concepts and experiments.
DUT’s Lab technician Sithole highlighted that they have created a wonderful relationship with high schools and that it is important to have such initiatives to give back to the community in the form of educational experiences.
Dr Mdluli also added that participation of DUT in such initiatives is crucial. “To assist means we are assisting ourselves in enriching learning at high school level and this is in preparation for universities, the world of work and ultimately the world of Science,” he said.
Pictured: (Left to Right) DUT’s Sandile Sithole, Dr Phumlane Mdluli, Dr Myalo Sabela and Lungile Chiliza, the Ugu District Wellness Programme co-ordinator, at the event.