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Location:

 

Unizulu Science Centre is aimed at Science educators and learners in KwaZulu-Natal schools surrounding the University of Zululand. The focal area stretches roughly from the Tugela River in the South to Kosi Bay in the North, and inland as far as Nongoma. It includes roughly a quarter of KZN’s education districts (King Cetshwayo, uMkhanyakude and Zululand) which contain about 550 secondary schools. The vast majority of these schools (535) fell under the previous Department of Education and Culture (KwaZulu) with the remaining 15 (3 %) being model C or private schools. Education departments in KwaZulu-Natal were amalgamated in 1995, but historical inequalities in terms of facilities and educators have not changed substantially.


Situation:

 

Education in Northern KwaZulu-Natal generally is in a critical condition, and Science education is no exception, with under-qualified educators, little or no equipment and many schools not even electrified or supplied with water. The region has also received very little outside assistance in the past, being fairly distant from any large centre. The educational regions covered have been identified in many surveys and studies as the most disadvantaged in the province (and amongst the most disadvantaged nationally!)