The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has launched the Aviation Science Programme in Newtown, Johannesburg.
The department, in partnership with Honeywell Africa, invited over 400 Grade 5 learners with the aim of teaching them the fundamentals of aviation.
The learners will be part of the programme until they matriculate.
Learner Miss Lolita Podshibyakina from Lyndhurst Primary #GDEStemLaunch #adventuresinaviation @Lesufi pic.twitter.com/rY0G8SP6Ab
— Gauteng Education (@EducationGP) November 9, 2018
Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi says, “The aviation industry is one of the biggest job creation industries. They are massive and they can absorb the majority of our children. We don’t want to prepare our children to be unemployed. We want to prepare them to be part of the economy and to contribute constructively to the economy – especially, bringing the skills that are needed by our economy.”
Almost all major parts in an aeroplane are manufactured by a company called Honeywell e.g. autopilot communications system, brakes, blackbox and satellite comms. For this company to agree to train 400 Grade 5 township learners and prepare them for this aviation world is amazing pic.twitter.com/0xGa84zpAh
— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) November 9, 2018