Two Grade 11 learners from Carnarvon High School in the Northern Cape, have been selected to represent South Africa at the International Student Teacher conference in Nice, France. This is after the pair won the National Global Travel and Tourism Partnership competition (GTTP) nationally. The two have flown out this Friday morning.
Amy-Lee Visagie and Chrislin de Koker submitted a research piece on astronomy tourism and how the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in the Sutherland and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape can contribute to local communities. This research paper was selected as the winner among other schools in the country.
“The Department of Science and Technology is proud that young people are taking up the opportunities brought by the building of the SKA, which is a major scientific development in South Africa. It is encouraging to see the enormous impact that the scientific activities around the Karoo region are having on people’s lives,” said Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
The National Global Travel and Tourism Partnership Competition (GTTP) is a multi-country educational programme to introduce tourism students to career opportunities in this sector. South Africa is among the thirteen countries that form the GTTP membership. Other countries include Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Tanzania, and the united Kingdom.
“The two will fly the South African Flag high in France and their participation in the conference will go a long way towards attracting much-needed investment into our country,” concluded Kubayi-Ngubane.