My blog post about Mbilwi Secondary School triggered an unexpected blast from the past, I was contacted by Dr. Azwinndini Muronga. I used to be a member of the UCT-CERN Research Centre at the University of Cape Town while working on my PhD and have had very little contact with the unit since beginning at the Foundation. Azwinndini joined the unit while I was there and is now a senior lecturer at UCT.
It turns out that Mbilwi has been doing an excellent job of interesting its students in science for many years as Azwinndini was quick to point out that he too attended Mbilwi. Azwinndini mentioned the possibility of going back to the school to talk to the students and I suggested that we might be able to support the school with some of the OER resources we’re looking to print and I think we’ve got a great opportunity to spread OERs, create new partnerships and even get Mbilwi feeding back into the OER world.
It was nice to be able to reconnect with Azwinndini as we really have an opportunity to give Mbilwi further recognition for their achievements as well as give me an opportunity to work on the UCT Physics Department to think about the impact of OERs (hint, hint).