Monday, November 23, 2020
This week high school students and teachers at the Goodwood College in Ruyterwacht, Cape Town,  got access to an exciting world of drones, 3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence,  when their school became the third school in South Africa to launch a 4iR STREAM  Lab.  At a time when the inequalities in SA education have been starkly highlighted,  Sakhikamva Foundation,a STEM  education specialist,  is rolling out exceptional 21st  Century  science and technology centres in under-resourced communities. 
The establishment of a 4iR STREAM Laboratory at Goodwood College has been made possible  with  sponsorship from African technology investment groupAYO Technology Solutions.   “We believe  that innovation drives growth,” says Jeni Kostova, Group Executive: Marketing at  AYO Technology Solutions.  “Through our partnership with Sakhikamva we want to  empower young South Africans to solve real-world challenges, fuel growth and shape a better future for the country.”  
STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Aeronautics and Mathematics) education focuses on  the development of essential skills and knowledge, by enabling children  to enjoy hands-on experience with the technologies that are currently re-shaping our world.  It’s an important  priority for education in South Africa, where some children still matriculate without ever getting their hands on a computer.   The new 4iR STREAM Lab at Goodwood College includes the  Grade 8-12 learners and their educators in a unique 
community of practice to develop creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 
Sakhikamva Foundation is a non-profit organisation which has touched the lives of more than  130 000 children through its range of STREAM enrichment programmes, including connecting  SA schools to science projects underway on the International Space Station.  When it comes  to educating the youth for the 4iR, which features world-changing technologies  that are fundamentally disrupting the work that humans do, South Africa faces critical challenges.
Many schools lack access to basic technology; teachers are not taught  how to develop 4iR  skills in the classroom; Internet access is far from universal and still costs too much,  and schools in rural and low income communities remain disproportionately cut off  from the resources they need for 4iR  teaching and learning. 
Virginia Africa, Principal of Goodwood College says, “As a school with a long history, it’s our aim to enable  our learners to develop to their fullest potential.  In today’s world; and for the world of work  that we are preparing them for, this is simply not possible without giving them hands-on  access to the technologies shaping our world.  The 4iR STREAM Lab is an incredible asset  for our school which will change destinies in our Ruyterwacht community.” Goodwood College’s exciting STREAM Laboratory  is  powered by the innovative Gamma education platform  and includes tablets and drones as well as AI, robotics and app-making kits.  Founder of Sakhikamva Foundation,  Fatima Jakoet says, “With the opening of this third 4iR STREAM Laboratory,  we are delighted to welcome Goodwood College  into our family where curiosity  and wonder are highly prized.  Teachers will be trained in STREAM philosophy  and teaching methodologies,  and learners will enter into a fascinating new world during their  Technology classes and through after-school activities.  
This fantastic new space  for real 21st Century skills development in Ruyterwacht is a strong, 4iR learning 
centre, fully equipped with tech and connectivity, to empower learners to develop as the 
leaders, innovators, change agents and problem-solvers in their community.” 

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