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Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) in partnership with Nasdaq-listed technology firm, Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) opened a new robotics and coding education centre called the Futureshaper, on the 11th August 2022, to boost digital skills among Gauteng learners by launching the Futureshaper Lab at St Barnabas School of Specialisation in Mathematics, Science and ICT in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi says learners and educators opting to participate in the programme will learn more in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and ICT focused skills in addition to their usual computer literacy education curriculum at the school.

He also alluded that the lab will benefit 200 high school learners per year at the school, who will embark on a specialised education programme designed to boost their knowledge of, and proficiency in, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The Sub-Saharan Africa President, Honeywell, Denver Dreyer, says they are heavily invested in helping the country expand its pipeline of exciting, talented and ambitious engineers of the future across its STEM-related sectors , As a technology company in South Africa dating back more than 50 years.

Furthermore, Lesufi says he believes that this Lab is a great addition to the department’s efforts to generate learner interest in STEM subjects which will be beneficial to their career.

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