1. Teacher Development Programme
Teacher professional development focuses on supporting teachers and increasing their capacity. These teacher workshops are linked to the curriculum content. Themes covered are; biomes of South Africa, biodiversity, taxonomy and careers linked to biodiversity. SANBI and the Department of Education work together in planning and organising these workshops. Workshops normally take place on weekday afternoons, but arrangements can be made for Saturdays.
There are no costs involved for teachers, they only have to arrange for their own transport. Workshops run for the half day.
2. Careers programme
University Careers Expo
The Lowveld NBG BEPE Centre participates in various university career fairs where students are exposed to the different careers at SANBI and the biodiversity sector as a whole. At each career fair, various job and bursary opportunities within the organization and sector are shared with students and the targeted students are those that are enrolled in science/conservation related courses. This is also an opportunity for students to engage with different experts in the field.
The Centre has previously participated in career fairs held by the following universities: University of Mpumalanga, University of Limpopo and UNISA (Nelspruit campus).
High School Careers Expo
This Career expo is structured for high school learners which normally takes place in the Botanical Garden, where several high schools are invited to the garden on the same day to learn and get exposure to careers in Biodiversity.
Relevant stakeholders join SANBI in exhibiting and interacting with learners, while promoting careers in the field of Biodiversity.
Primary School Careers Visit
SANBI staff work together with the primary school selected to host the careers day. Both parties need to agree on the date, grade(s) and the number of participating learners. SANBI staff provides all information related to careers and activities that will take place on the day. This day is usually a “dress up” day where learners dress according to different careers in the Biodiversity sector.
Simphiwe Ngwenya or Grace Nyathi
Tel: +27 (0)13 7526504/ +27 728266478