On the 20th of July 2017, I partnered up with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) & The Department of Science and Technology (DST) at Diepsloot Combined School to heed the call by Nelson Mandela and do our bit to improve the lives of those around us. As a group of scientists, researchers and academics, we chose to not only help with the upkeep of the school, but also impart scientific knowledge to the students.
The day’s activities for most of the group included sanding down the walls and removing any peeling paint. We were all then suddenly transformed from scientists & engineers to painters as we painted the walls and ceilings of the classrooms. The CSIR also donated science kits to learners and conducted an information session about the careers available within science, engineering and technology.

The highlight of the day was having the minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor, present at the school. Minister Pandor, spoke with Team CSIR and the members of the DST, highlighting the importance of giving back. It was great to hear her mention that the DST would be working towards providing the school with adequate lab facilities.

Spending the day at Diepsloot Combined School highlighted the importance of coming together to make a difference and to improve the lives of these learners as they are the future of country. If given the opportunity, who knows how great they may become.
I’m grateful to have been part of such an amazing initiative. It was refreshing to spend the day surrounded by colleagues who fully understand their social responsibility. A special thanks to the DST for facilitating this project.

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