CASME first became aware of this cluster of schools when Mr Irumba contacted us looking for assistance for a teacher training project and advice on a proposal he was developing to establish a science laboratory at his school.
We explained that our support was limited by our own funding constraints but that we would be happy to review the proposal, provide input and support where possible. We also offered to develop a parallel proposal to offer teacher professional development alongside the schools' laboratory project. After months of telephonic exchanges and a visit by Fred to our offices in Pinetown during the school holidays we received the news that the proposal for the laboratory equipment was successful.
CASME Director Mrs Tsepiso Khalema was invited to speak at the official handover of the equipment and launch of the initiative which has been dubbed 'Ingquza Science Laboratory Project'. Also attending the handover was a delegation from Old Mutual as well as Eastern Cape Education MEC Makgato. Old Mutual announced the establishment of the R30000 'Fred Irumba Science Excellence Bursary' which will be awarded to the top student in the cluster.
CASME is pleased to have played some part in the success of this initiative. We are now in discussion with funders to take the project forward with an educator professional development programme.