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More than 140 enthusiastic in-service Mathematics and Science educators from across the Eastern Cape attended the recent inaugural two-day provincial Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education seminar hosted by Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC) at Kingswood College in Makhanda.  


With strong support from national and international stakeholders in STEM education, the GMMDC’s strategic event was organised in partnership with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA).

"We must facilitate more networking opportunities for educators across diverse school environments for them to showcase and share innovative 21st-century teaching practices and resources," Professor Werner Olivier, GMMDC Director emphasised.

Prof Olivier emphasised the urgent necessity to confront obstacles in STEM education, including teaching skills deficits and limited access to digital learning materials within schools.

The main aim of the seminar was to advance trans-disciplinary teaching and learning strategies within schools, addressing critical STEM education challenges, which inhibits sustainable development and economic growth opportunities for the youth of the Eastern Cape Province.

Notably, more than 60 of these attendees received sponsorship from the Eastern Cape Department of Education.

The event fostered valuable networking among educators from both private and under-resourced public schools, spotlighting best teaching practices and innovative approaches linking Mathematics and Science education to real-world problem-solving and career pathways in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era.

Featuring a diverse array of STEAM education presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops, the seminar directly engaged educators with practical tools to inspire interest in Mathematics and Science classrooms.

National and international STEAM education experts, including Dr Kristof Fenyvesi from the Finnish Institute of Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, participated as presenters.

The opening session also welcomed representatives from the Department of Basic Education, affirming the initiative's positive impact on addressing Mathematics education challenges in the Eastern Cape.

Mariette Visser, Regional Director South-East of ISASA, and co-organiser, lauded the seminar's success, affirming its role as a vital platform to collectively explore solutions to the growing STEM education and skills development needs in the province.

The GMMDC plans to establish the provincial STEAM education seminar as an annual engagement event of Mandela University’s Faculty of Science, dedicated to fostering sustainable STEM skills development in Eastern Cape Province schools.

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Ms Elma de Koker
Internal Communication Practitioner
Tel: 041-504 2160