In­k­cu­b­e­ko Youth and S­cien­ce Centre o­pens

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The Has­so Platt­ner Trust’s

In­k­cu­b­e­ko Youth and S­cien­ce centre in T­hem­ba­let­hu was of­fi­ci­al­ly o­pe­ned on Wed­nes­day 21 No­vem­ber. The centre, a pro­ject of the I­si­som­bu­lu­lo Com­mu­ni­ty Im­pro­vement pro­gram­me, is in Ng­ca­ka­ni S­treet next to MM Ma­te­za P­ri­ma­ry S­chool and ser­ves the youth of T­hem­ba­let­hu and the gre­a­ter Gar­den Rou­te re­gi­on.

Dr K­ris­ti­na Platt­ner, mem­ber of the Has­so Platt­ner Foun­da­ti­on, said that the centre o­pe­ra­tes in a sa­fe spa­ce w­he­re the young pe­op­le can ex­plo­re how the wor­ld a­round them works by ig­ni­ting cu­ri­o­si­ty and in­te­rest in s­cien­ce, techno­lo­gy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts, mat­hs and in­no­va­ti­on. “T­his centre will ser­ve as a be­a­con for youth em­po­wer­ment, com­mu­ni­ty de­ve­lop­ment and so­ci­al co­he­si­on by pro­mo­ting he­althy cul­tu­re and practi­ces through youth o­rien­ta­ted pro­jects.” The Has­so Platt­ner Foun­da­ti­on has been wor­king with the U­ni­ver­si­ty of Ca­pe To­wn and the de­part­ment of he­alth for o­ver 15 y­e­ars.

Centre ma­na­ger Na­di­ne Nor­tier said that the centre is the dre­am of Dr Has­so Platt­ner. “He wan­ted to host a spa­ce that will in­cor­po­ra­te youth in he­alth, re­cre­a­ti­on and a­ca­de­mi­cs, and t­his is w­hat the In­k­cu­b­e­ko Centre re­pre­sents.”

The youth secti­on is a vi­brant re­cre­a­ti­o­nal and le­ar­ning a­rea that aims to trans­form the li­ves of the youth to em­bra­ce ho­pe for a bet­ter fu­tu­re. The acti­vi­ties of­fe­red ran­ge from chess, en­tre­pre­neur and wel­l­ness clubs to job re­a­di­ness works­hops.

In the s­cien­ce centre the youth can ex­plo­re in­te­racti­ve s­cien­ti­fic exhi­bits, e­na­bling them to dis­co­ver and ex­pe­rien­ce com­plex con­cepts in a fun, e­a­sy-to-un­der­stand and me­mo­ra­ble way. Le­ar­ners can be­ne­fit from works­hops, cur­ri­cu­lum and ex­tra­cur­ri­cu­lar sup­port as well as s­cien­ce clubs and a ho­me­work hub.

P­ho­to: My­ron Ra­bi­no­witz

Dr K­ris­ti­na Platt­ner at the o­pe­ning of the In­k­cu­b­e­ko Youth and S­cien­ce centre.

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