|| The Autumn Clinic for Maths and Science Teachers
|| Eskom Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg
|| 02 to 05 April 2002
|| Train, equip and inspire maths and science teachers from 102 Dedicated Schools in the belief that it will help them train, equip and inspire their learners.
Feedback from the Autumn Clinic
The Autumn Clinic was declared a resounding success by organisers
and participants alike. Speakers of the highest order lectured at the
Clinic, among them Professor Kader Asmal, the South African Minister
of Education, MP; Mr Mosibudi Mangena, the Deputy Minister of Education;
motivational speaker Dr David Molapo, some of the most distinguished
mathematical and scientific minds in the country as well as educators
from the United States.
The conference was held at the Eskom Convention Centre in Midrand,
Johannesburg and attended by 357 delegates. They were joined by educators
from the Space Centre Houston, the official Visitor Centre for the
Johnson Space Centre, and the Education Service Centre.
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Welcome message from the Minister of Education Professor Kader Asmal, MP:
I greet delegates from the private sector, our social partners from
parastatals, presenters and facilitators for the clinic, teachers from the
102 schools, principals, curriculum advisors, provincial project
co-ordinators and officials from the Department of Education. This
first-ever clinic will provide, I hope, impetus for improvement in School
preparation and understanding in the vital Science and Maths areas of our
With my best wishes
Professor Kader Asmal, MP
MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Welcome message from the Deputy Minister of Education Mosibudi Mangena:
It is indeed a great honour and a privilege for me to welcome and thank
everyone who has contributed towards making this historic occasion a
reality. In particular, I welcome our guests from the private sector,
presenters and facilitators for the clinic, teachers and principals from the
102 dedicated schools for Mathematics, Science and Technology, and officials
from the National and Provincial departments of Education.
DEPUTY MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Welcome message from Mark Shuttleworth
I would like to welcome you, Dinaledi, to the first Autumn Clinic for
Science and Maths Educators. It is a significant milestone in the evolution
of the National Strategy for Maths and Science. Not only is it an
opportunity to communicate and demonstrate the value that the South African
education system places on you as educators; it is also a time during which
you will have the opportunity to share knowledge and develop relationships
with your contemporaries. The value that can be reaped from such knowledge
transfer and relationship-building is tremendous. I trust it will provide
you with a springboard from which you will develop strategies for teaching
and learning that will promote Science, Mathematics and Technology in our
school system and, in the process, ignite the enthusiasm of learners towards
these important subjects. Your role in the education system is a vital one.
Without you-and especially without your passion, creativity and commitment
to making teaching and learning an enjoyable process in the development of
learners - South Africa is a poorer nation.
I urge you to immerse yourself in the activities that have been planned over
the next few days, and hope that it will leave you enthused and more
empowered to develop tomorrow's stars.