ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS SOUTH AFRICA

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  • 26 Feb 2015 9:20 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    A course by +Acumen and The Ariel Group

    “Storytelling for Change will help you better connect with your audience, whether in a meeting with one person or in a presentation to hundreds of people.”

    Dates: Mondays, from 09 March till 27 April

    Time: 18h30 – 20h30

    Venue: The Solution Space @UCT Graduate School of Business

    Course fee: Free!

    Register here: http://goo.gl/forms/4dIk28T0zP

    Contact Naeema Hoosain for more information


  • 08 Dec 2014 9:21 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    EWBSA Pros 2014 Summit

    Back from left to right: David Ming, Simon Katende, Vinu Nair, Sean Langton, Murendeni Matshinyatsimbi and Cleo Forster. Front from left to right: Michelle Low, Wiebke Toussaint and Mbali Mabaso

    EWB-SA’s 3rd Annual Leadership Summit 2014 was not only a great success, but this year included the first group of Professional EWB-SA members. These young engineers and entrepreneurs are based all over the country and still contribute towards empowering communities while building up their young careers. The summit was an amazing space where professionals got to build up networks with one another and also got an opportunity to establish relationships with the student chapters. This two day event included a range of interactive sessions such as a leadership workshop; a panel discussion with industry guest speakers; and planning for 2015 to name a few. The sessions that included all members were so well balanced that it was a perfect fit for both students and professionals. There were moments when I forgot which side I belonged to. Thank you to Murendeni Matshinyatsimbi (Jhb), Vinu Nair (Jhb), Sean Langton (CPT), Simon Katende (PTA) and Cleo Forster (Jhb) for being the planning dream-team for the professional EWB portfolio 2015.

    The definition of youth development as defined in the SA National Youth Development Policy Framework (2009 – 2014), sums up the vision of the EWB-SA Professional Portfolio:

    “Youth Development is an intentional comprehensive approach that provides the space, opportunities, and support for young people to maximise their individual and collective creative energies for personal development as well as development of the broader society of which they are an integral part.”

    I sincerely look forward to this new journey with like-minded young engineers doing their part towards empowering communities. I cannot wait to be blown away by the next summit!

    Written by Mbalenhle Mabaso

    Video: https://youtu.be/ogXVtEbFbi8


  • 08 Sep 2014 9:29 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

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    The main theme of discussion will be:
    “What are people most passionate about or most anxious about as engineers in SA?”
    Let’s also read the Engineering News in SA to get conversations going!

    Links:

     


  • 05 Aug 2014 9:34 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    South African children can have a brighter future by bringing computers and educational content to rural schools in a low cost, energy efficient and sustainable manner.

    Earlier this year, EWB-SA had its first Think Tank on ‘Using Technology to Transform Education’.  Drawing from the incredible thoughts and ideas that were shared in the session, an initiative called Solar Powered Learning was developed.  It wasn’t just formed overnight though. The EWB-SA team in conjunction with United Twenty-13 underwent the 7 – week Human Centred Design (HCD) Course for Social Innovation. The HCD course helps use the design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change. The course was completed with the aim of further analysing the state of education in South Africa and how we can improve it.

    Four main problems emerged from the HCD community research. The first is lack of adequate resources. Schools often don’t have the most basic necessities from desks and chairs to textbooks and learning material. The second is transfer of knowledge. Even with sufficient resources, classrooms are overcrowded and there is no time for individual attention. Thirdly is the language barrier. Learners are brought up in their mother tongue and then expected to learn and be examined in a different language. Lastly, and most importantly, is student apathy. Many learners do not have good role models and guidance and do not even realise their potential.

    More than 77% of schools in South Africa do not have access to computers and 3 544 of the 24 793 schools do not have access to electricity. Whilst we have come a long way in our 20 years of democracy, the inequality is still prevalent. In order to empower oneself, a good quality education is key. This is what will break the poverty cycle.

    Upon analysis of these problems, the Solar Powered Learning project came to be. Solar Powered Learning is a low cost, energy efficient and sustainable way to giving learners in rural areas access to computers and educational resources. The project makes use of Raspberry Pi computers which cost less than $40 USD, consume about 3.5 W of power and are easy to maintain. This makes it the perfect device to use in conjunction with solar power. In addition, it introduces green living to the learners from a young age.

    More important than the hardware however, is the content on the computers. The learners will have access to thousands of educational videos and tutorials as well as Wikipedia pages and e-books. Programs such as Khan AcademyNumeric and Scratch will be used. All of the content will be available offline so access to the internet is not integral to the system working! By using Khan Academy as a tool, the teacher will be able to review the tutorials of the learners and identify their weak points. This will ease the work load on the teacher, allowing them more time to teach and give individual attention where it is needed.

    In addition to this, we intend to set up interactive video call language lessons. This will be between the learners from a school speaking an African Language and the learners of an English speaking school trying to learn an African language. The learners from both schools will be able to help and learn from each other. It will also serve to break cultural divides and build friendships that would not have otherwise been made.

    Various aspects of the project have been tested in countries around the world such as AngolaIndia and Ghana, but such a low cost and energy efficient solution has not yet been brought to South Africa. United Twenty-13 aims to set up the first prototype of the model at a school in Cosmo City. Cosmo city is a developing area with a community that is eager to uplift themselves. The LAN will consist of 21 Raspberry Pi computers, filled to the brim with educational content. More than 630 learners will be able to make use of the LAN every week. The learners will have everything they need to help empower themselves.

    In order for the LAN to be set up, funding is needed. An appeal is made to everyone, individuals and corporates to help us raise the funds to get the prototype up and running. We are using a new method of raising funds called crowd funding. It has worked brilliantly internationally and the concept is just breaking into South Africa. It involves everyone contributing a little towards the project. Even if it is just $10 USD, with everyone’s contributions, the target can be reached. Thus far we have reached 31% of our goal ($10 500) and we have 20 days to go. A huge appeal is made to everyone to contribute online to the project in order to change the future of education in South Africa. Help youth empower themselves. Let’s give hand ups instead of hand outs.


  • 14 Apr 2014 9:35 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Wednesday 30 April

    Starts at 18h00

    The Brazen Head (The Library), Cnr Linden & Anne Cresecent, Sandton

     Click on the picture to go to the event on Facebook.

    Wiki Night #2

    Who ever comes is the right people.

    Whenever it starts is the right time.

    Wherever it happens is the right place.

    Whatever happens is the only thing that could’ve.

    When it’s over, it’s over.


  • 31 Mar 2014 9:38 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Momentum 94.7 ad (Neha)EWB-SA has been accepted and approved as a charity for the 2014 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge!

    All you have to do is go to the 94.7 Momentum Cycle website and register for the race. Then, when it asks you to pick a charity you pick Engineers Without Borders South Africa and it will come through to EWB-SA to add you to the team. If you struggle with it simply register for the race and then send Neha Patel an email (neha@ewbsa.org) and she will then add you to the team from her side.


  • 25 Mar 2014 9:40 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Lerato Mabidilala

  • 17 Mar 2014 9:46 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Think Tank Poster

  • 28 Feb 2014 9:48 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

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    Our first WikiNight kicked off on the 27 Feb 2014 at 6pm by the Brazen Head Sandton, Johannesburg. We had four different table discussions.  At 8pm we wrapped up the session by summarizing what each table discussed. A lot of feedback was given to EWB-SA  from the attendees as well as commitment to help with EWB-SA. Another great outcome was from the table topic Ventures whereby a workshop event was formed by one of the attendees with EWB-SA.

    Thank you to those that attended!  The next event hosted by EWB-SA will be a Think Tank in March.

    If you are not sure what a WikiNight is please click here to read more or contact us for more information.

    Video: https://youtu.be/8kU1g-ieOt8


  • 05 Feb 2014 9:53 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Click the Image to go to the event details on Facebook! 
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