The Norwegian Parliamentary Committee on Education and Research, including the Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen, visited the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha on Thursday, 28 January.
The delegation visited South Africa to learn more about the education and research sector and further cooperation between South Africa and Norway. More specifically, the committee was interested in the work MOT South Africa, a life-skills development programme, has been doing in high schools in the Western Cape.
During the parliamentary committee’s visit to COSAT, a MOT session was presented to grade nine learners by MOT presenter and educator, Andiswa Njoli. Njoli says presenting the session was enjoyable.
“The learners responded and engaged really well in the session. It felt good to show the committee members what we have achieved with MOT at our school,” Njoli says.
A fun and interactive session was facilitated by Njoli where learners and committee members shared their dreams with one another, allowing for the committee members to get to know the learners who participate in MOT.
Siyamthanda Nzima and Cindy Khoanyane, two MOT learners from COSAT, testified that since taking part in MOT they have gained self-confidence and became more self-aware of themselves.
“MOT has enticed me to be more confident and has allowed me to express myself more. Before MOT I could not do that,” Nzima says.
Khoanyane says, “I have gained leadership abilities since taking part in MOT. I now want to follow my dreams and nothing can stop me.”
Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen, tweeted that it was amazing seeing MOT in action at COSAT High School.