The ANC applauds the initiative of the Department of Energy in conducting the Learner Focus Week in Energy programme for coastal provinces from 22 to 30 June 2013.
Two Eastern Cape learners from Matatiele in the Maluti District won the Science Fair Project competition. They won bursaries from NRF, the National Research Foundation, worth R150 000 per learner per year from the first year in tertiary education to PhD level. The same organisation will purchase school uniforms and books, and pay for tuition for both learners, as they are currently doing their Grades 10 and 11.
Prof Malik Maaza, the, Unesco-Unisa Africa Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, occupies the Africa-International Desk at Ithemba Labs in Cape Town and Prof Mamokgethi Setati, the adviser to President Zuma's Office and an executive member of Unesco, plan to visit the school, as well as the district, in order to introduce these learners as members of Unesco.
Unesco's purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights, along with fundamental freedom, which are proclaimed in the United Nations' Charter.
They further plan to announce their plan of taking these learners to Paris, France so that they can learn more on the project topic with the intention of ploughing back into the entire country. The ANC supports the programme. Thank you. [Applause.]