As a Post graduate science student moreover from a very rural village stricken by poverty and lack of knowledge upon poor education quality, often I am asked to explain how I made it in the science field and what inspired me to take on this field? Apart from those keen people I found around myself I developed the passion of science when once upon a time an invite was sent to our school to participate in science expo (science fairs) as luckily so I was given the opportunity to explore the scientific world and make my own discoveries. Through participation in activities such as Eskom science expo, I came to learn to how other young people explore the science beyond the classroom, make ‘discoveries’ and thus I develop a passion for a field which is often overlooked by young people mostly due to lack of opportunity.
Later last year I was granted the opportunity as the national Judge for Eskom Science Expo, I have realized the need more and more for such a program to aid in the science for the youth. Having been granted the opportunity to attend and present a lecture in some of the ACCESS HPW I have found an urge to bridge the gap between science and the society.
I am of the understanding that, the love and understanding of science and its related fields cannot be nurtured through the classroom curriculum entirely. When given the opportunity to truly explore the scientific territory, an individual discovers a world of knowledge, magnificence and pleasure. The aim of Youth and earth system science (YESS) is to give learners from poor scientific backgrounds an opportunity to explore the scientific world through activities over and above those offered in the prescribed curriculum. Not only will the programme give them some ownership of science, it will also teach them other essential life skills. The programme is facilitated by its own subcommittee student members under the, umbrella of the Rural educational Development Organisation (REDO)
As it is also the need for South Africa to have more and more youth to undertake science-related careers, it therefore an urge that many more initiatives be put in place to nurture the love for science at an early stage. YESS therefore aims to attract learners at primary and high school displaying high potential in science and its related fields. It then seeks to engage them throughout their various science activities, continually exposing them to more of the science beyond the classroom.
Mr. Moshobane M.C
YESS aims to:
Science-centered activities beyond the classroom for rural high and primary school learners by engaging them in science related activities
Cultivate and Encourage
A lifelong passion for science and for our communities
Increase the capacity and interest of the communities in science field and its careers and opting to purse them
YESS aims for
A generation of young South Africans that is well aware and passionate about science and its related fields, committed to bridging the gap between lack of skill and lack of employment.
• To improve the culture of learning science and improve the education of rural residents or learners
• Tomorrow’s earth and science are in the Youth’s Hands
YESS (Youth and earth system science) project with the help from ACCESS seek to increase the number students opting to pursue science-related careers in South Africa. This is achieved by offering primary and high school learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and opportunity to take part in science activities beyond the classroom, hence allowing them to experience science beyond the scope of the prescribed syllabus and thus giving them the chance to take ownership of the inadvertently feared field. The programme targets learners who already display potential and interest in maths and science.
Unlike the traditional maths and science tutoring programme, we facilitate learning by offering learners opportunities which their schools would not offer them or the practicality of science. For example, we seek to help learners develop projects during for participation in Science expo. While science activities are the main focus, we also give learners an opportunity to brush up on public speaking, time management and other invaluable skills which are embedded in the various activities. We are of the assertion that by providing these opportunities, learners are given a chance to broaden their scope and realize excitement of the science world.
On the yearly basis, forty learners at various grades from disadvantaged backgrounds will selected to participate in the Programme. Twenty of these learners will be high school learners and the other half primary school learners. These learners need to display a capacity and interest in mathematics and science as this is a Programme which adds on to the classroom syllabus. The same forty learners participating on the Programme will be mentored throughout their entire year and upon completion they will be provided with necessary help to pursue their science career e.g. helps with application to universities, career selection and registration process. The Programme is run and facilitated by students from various universities in the natural science, engineering and other science field. These same students will serve as the mentors as well.
• Educational excursion (scientific field trips)
• Science tracker
• Visits to science centers
• Computer skills programme
• Public speaking and other life skills
• Maths and science tutorials
• Scientific writing competition