Now that word is getting out about our Enviro Reach Programme, the KZN Museum is able to extend its reach to new areas due to the demand from schools. The Enviro Reach Programme is part of the Museum’s outreach education initiative and specifically focuses on high school learners, and is now extending boundaries and making an impact with learners that are plotting their academic future.
Recently the Museum joined the Isiqalo Youth Development Team in a collaborative effort to motivate learners about their future and education. The Isiqalo Youth Development team is an NPO that provides guidance and mentorship for learners from grade 9-12.
The Museum visited three schools in the Mkhabathini area and focused on meeting the learner needs for life sciences, grades 10 - 12 through our interactive and stimulating teaching aids. The presentation made by Marsha Kalika (Chief Education Officer for Outreach) was received with excitement and appreciation by both the educators and learners. The feedback from educators is that these teaching aids bring science to life and they are eager to use it in their lessons. The teaching aids will be delivered to the schools in April and this begins our journey of making life sciences fun and exciting with these new schools.
The visual teaching aids that the KZN Museum produced for Life Science complements the CAPS syllabus, in order for the learners to grasp concepts easily. In partnership with the Provincial Department of Education, the Museum undertook to develop teaching aids for Life Sciences, which cover a total of 8 sections, ranging from grades 10 to 12. The learning aids comprise topics covered in the Life Sciences syllabus such as RNA, Viruses, Bacteria and Mitosis to name a few. The aids are not only meant to stimulate the learners visually but are designed to be interactive, allowing both students and teachers to actively construct a cell or build an RNA strand, which will hopefully result in better memory retention and building vocabulary.