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The Science Lab Project

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Bongani Tshabangu
Science Teacher
They don’t have to imagine what a bunsen burner or a beaker looks like. The science lab brings the text book to life.
When NCP Chlorchem renovated Phomolong Secondary School’s science laboratory in 2017 they saw a powerful opportunity to impact future young learners. Realising that most of the senior learners had never done a practical science experiment, they committed their own laboratory staff to hold laboratory sessions with the learners.

Nelson had no previous experience of welding and he laughs when he shares his journey. “Before this, welding was just a name. I had no idea what it really meant. Now I know all the machinery from laser to welding, Axl to robots. I didn’t think being a welder would be my career but I was unemployed since 2015 and Afrit helped me.”

Phomolong Secondary School’s science teacher, Bongani Tshabangu, says the children come from a disadvantaged community and this gives them something to dream of. “The value of doing these experiments is immeasurable to these children. Because scientists from NCP are teaching them, they can hear the background as to why we need to do these experiments in real life. They don’t have to imagine what a bunsen burner or a beaker looks like. The science lab brings the text book to life.” Isaac Nkau, Lab Quality Control Manager at NCP Chlorchem, enjoys working with the learners.

“For me the quote, ‘A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle’ is appropriate. I see myself as a role model to these kids and I like to identify their potential and help them achieve their goals.” The additional value of the project is that “we have a pool of learners that have maths and science in matric who can apply for certain entry level positions, thereby ensuring that we have potential employees within the surrounding area of Tembisa,” says Thandi Mzila, HR Director at NCP Chlorchem.

Bongani Tshabangu
Science Teacher
They don’t have to imagine what a bunsen burner or a beaker looks like. The science lab brings the text book to life.
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