Address by President Jacob Zuma at the occassion of the National Children's Day Science Expo at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Pretoria
When I started my high school career, I did not think, never mind imagine that I would turn out to be the person that I am today.
During my first year in high school, I was still trying to find my feet. I knew I wanted to become a scientist but I did not really have an idea of what I would be doing as a scientist. I then heard of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. I asked some of my friends that were involved what this Eskom Expo for Young Scientists really was. The explanation that I got was that 'it is a competition where learners are expected to come up with a project that solves a problem'. I wanted to join expo but a few things held me back. One being the kind of personality that I have. I am a very shy person, the thought of standing in front of a judge and explaining my project was a scary one, and as a result, I did not do an expo project in grade 8.
Thanks to Expo, Ayanda was able to enter his project in the South African Youth Water Prize and, using advice given by the judges, won the National SAYWP.
SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS ACHIEVEMENTS AT GENUIS OLYMPIAD, INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT FAIR ON ENVIRONMENT, SUNY, OSWEGO , NEW YORK, USA
Genius Olympiad' goal is to provide challenges and opportunities for secondary school students, to instil in them the skills and knowledge needed to be the citizens, leaders, scientists, artists, writers, engineers, and policy makers of the future – agents who will promote and contribute to greater environmental sustainability throughout their lives.