Minister of Defence officially hands over mobile labs donated by AMSCOR at UFH in Alice

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula, in partnership with AMSCOR and University of Fort Hare officiated a hand over ceremony of mobile labs at the University of Fort Hare in Alice on the 18th of July.

The initiative was the result of an embankment made by AMSCOR and the University of Fort Hare in the identification of schools and higher learning institutions which need assistance in exploring sustainable ways of assisting learners and teachers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects (STEM subjects).Dr Kwinana of the Botany Department at the University of Fort Hare was the organizer of all the stakeholders of this initiative.

AMSCOR CEO, Kevin Wakeford, emphasised that this initiative ‘was not a donation but an investment in the people and the society’. He further stated that by investing in the people they would be giving people the passport to personal development. “Strong abilities spill over to strong industries. This is our view to create the need of science incubators” he said.

AMSCOR is not new to socio-economic development programs. Last year they donated digital learning resources to Adelaide Tambo School which consisted of laptops projector and a digital multimeter. AMSCOR has in access donated seven million to Fort Hare in science and learning resources.

Mapisa-Nqakula commanded both AMSCOR and the University of Fort Hare in their partnership which has emulated Nelson Mandela’s memory. With her focus on the ties that Mandela had, she said that the University of Fort Hare has represented the values of determination to service and the building of excellence in leadership that serve the people.

She reiterated that,like AMSCOR and Fort Hare, she was an activist of socio-economic issues of the country thus her focus was more on motivating and advising the school children which were in attendance of the ceremony.

Maphisa-Nqakula said that mathematics mainstream is very important with regards to following your dreams. “They (mathematics and science subjects) become a pre-requisite to studying towards industries which are mathematics and science oriented and affiliated” she suggested. In closing she said “it is my firm belief that this initiative grows towards improving quality education of an African child”

Dean of Faculty of Science and Agriculture,Prof N.Monde said “todays marks the realization of the dream”.

The ceremony was in line with the Nelson Mandela International Day which is celebrated all over the country since being declared by the United Nations in 2009.The day is the birthday the late Mandela, marked by 67 minutes of goodwill towards helping the vulnerable and disadvantaged.