On Friday 13th of May the Sonwabile Sigenu and Ayanda Shongwe the Projects Coordinator and Chairperson of EWB UP respectively paid a visit to Stanza Bopape Secondary School and the Mamelodi Arts and Culture Forum both located in Mamelodi. These visits were in line with the EWB UP Spark Nation Mentorship project and the Litre Of Light project in order to reestablish the partnership for the projects which were a continuation of their 2016 projects of the same names. These visits also served the purpose of being a needs analysis and project impact assessment of the work done in the previous year. Such community visits form a very important part of a human centered design approach which is engaging with the community and discussing project plans with the community.
At Stanza Bopape Secondary they met with Mr Masonto, the head of department for the Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the school. The plans for the mentorship project which include a career day, tutoring in Physical sciences and Mathematics, hosting a makerspace event and an ICT skills programme to teach basic coding skills were presented to Mr Masonto. Mr Masonto welcomed the plans and expressed that the school is looking forward to working with EWB UP again. One of the problems identified during the visit was the non-functional computer lab and the EWB UP team is investigating possible solutions which may result in a possible project.
Sonwabile and Ayanda then proceeded to the Mamelodi Arts and Culture Forum which was the partnering organization in the Litre Of Light project in 2016. This was meant mainly as a reestablishment of the partnership for the Litre Of Light project for 2017. They met with the new executive of Mamelodi Arts and Culture Forum and briefed them on progress last year along with plans for this year. Potential project at the forum like the building of a display stage and repainting the forum were also discussed.
In summary the meetings were a resounding success as both the school and the forum were on board with pan for the projects to be executed with them. In the true spirit of partnership both the school and forum suggested potential projects and improvements of last year’s projects