Durban – HUAWEI has re-committed to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in South Africa.
Last weekend, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor officially opened a newly renovated science lab and library at Siqongweni High School in Imbali Township in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
The science lab was built with the help of Huawei South Africa at a cost of approximately R500,000 (US $ 35,000).
Spawn Fan, CEO of Huawei South Africa, said that in South Africa, ICT technologies have played a leading role in the fight against the pandemic and continue to play a crucial role in the process of economic recovery.
“Science and technology can empower young South Africans,” Fan said.
However, the Huawei boss urged young South Africans to equip themselves with the skills to take advantage of economic opportunities and be competitive both locally and internationally.
“This is why Huawei is investing in STEM related infrastructure at all levels to develop innovation of local solutions to social problems,” Fan added.
He said the Siqongweni High School lab was at a micro level.
“Learners here have as much potential to become great scientists as anyone else,” Fan said.
“Thanks to the science lab, they will be in a much better space to realize this potential. We are just proud to be a part of this initiative and look forward to seeing the continued success of Siqongweni High School.”
Huawei runs a series of youth programs that include training in new technologies like 5G, cloud and artificial intelligence, a scholarship program for postgraduates, an internship and graduate program, and the Huawei ICT Academy, which takes place at more than 50 universities and colleges in South Africa. .