Prince Edward visits centre in South Africa that runs IOP training partnership

26 May 2016

HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, visited a training centre in Soweto on 23 May that was set up by a partnership between the IOP, the University of Johannesburg and the South African Institute of Physics.

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The Earl met teachers and learners at the Soweto Science Centre, part of the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus, including some involved in an IOP-led teacher training programme.

Professor David Wolfe (pictured greeting the Earl), the IOP’s volunteer co-ordinator for South Africa, was instrumental in helping to set up the programme, which provides hands-on experience in using practical work to enhance physics teaching.

The South African press reported that the Earl, who is a champion of youth empowerment and global patron for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, recognised the strides in science education intervention made by the centre.

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The IOP’s head of international, Tajinder Panesor, said: “We were delighted that HRH Prince Edward chose to visit the science centre that we have established with our partners in South Africa and saw some of the work that is being done to enable physics teachers to strengthen their science teaching through practical work. We’re also grateful to Nature Publishing and the Kirsh Foundation in South Africa for providing funding to make the programme possible.”

Among those present at the visit were Brian Masara, executive officer of the South African Institute of Physics, and Dame Judith McGregor, British high commissioner to South Africa. The visit was organised by the British High Commission in Pretoria.