Tech environment centre in Wattville now open

MEMBERS of the public and school children explore different things at the newly-opened OR Tambo Environmental Education Centre.

EKURHULENI residents can now look forward to enjoying access to state-of-the-art environment technology equipment at the OR Tambo Environmental Education Centre in Wattville.

The centre was officially declared open to the public, particularly school children, on June 8 by Ekurhuleni’s Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Environment and Waste Management Services, Clr Ndosi Shongwe.

The environmental resources centre is adorned with hi-tech educational equipment such as the Science and Technology and Environment interactive equipment with plug-in sound devices meant for assisting learners with their school research work.

EKURHULENI MMC Ndosi Shongwe interacting with Sanele Nkabinde, a Grade Eight learner from FA Mamkele High School in Wattville while testing the environment technology equipment during the launch of the centre.

“Our daily existence is dependent on the environment; it is, therefore, our responsibility to protect it by utilising the globally standardized technological equipment. The resources in this centre are meant to assist our children with their school projects and experiments. They can easily interact with the environment,” said Shongwe.

The centre, built inside the OR Tambo Precinct, is geared towards giving an ‘out of classroom’ experience to learners studying natural science in schools. The classrooms and laboratories have been designed for lectures and hands-on experiments.

Residents are encouraged to visit the centre to learn about herb gardens, participate in the outdoor learning activities and play indigenous games.

Alicia Loots

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