Today, Friday 26 April 2019, SANTHE and its lead institute - the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) - hosted 67 learners and their teachers from the Mandla Mthethwa School of Excellence, which is based in Ndumo, in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The aim of the visit was to familiarise the learners with the different types of careers science has to offer since they will soon have to choose the subjects they will focus on in their final years of school.
Scientists and doctors, as well as science support staff from nurses to field workers, communications and public engagement to data administration and human resources, to finance and the grants office, all took turns to meet with the learners to speak about their varied experiences in the field. The learners were then treated to a tour through the AHRI laboratories ang given some fascinating insight into optics and imaging, and working with animals in research.
An evaluation exercise where they were asked to share their impressions before and after their visit revealed that much was learnt through the visit. This type of activity forms part of SANTHE’s wider public engagement programme of work.