Public Outreach and Direct Educational Benefits
South Africa, more so than other developing countries, requires a sustained campaign to promote at all levels of society awareness and understanding of science, engineering and technology (SET) and their importance in the empowerment of individuals and communities to ensure the international competitiveness of the nation. Until recently, black people in South Africa had very limited access to SET education, training and careers. The specific objective of the Public Outreach Programme is the enhancement of science education and awareness throughout South African society. Citizens of South Africa (particularly students and youth) will be inspired and encouraged by the accomplishments of SALT.
Payoffs: Development of a more scientifically and technologically literate population. Interesting young people in science and technology. Encouraging and inspiring students to pursue careers in science and technology. If South Africa is to become a global power economically then a larger fraction of its population has to become scientifically and technologically literate.