Working with the Ministry of Education, and employing local caterers, Formech Inspire had the privilege of providing over 300 teachers and students, representing 128 schools across (formerly known as Swaziland), with presentations, demonstrations and hands on training in mould making and vacuum forming, as well as discussing responsible use of plastics.
“Our experience in Africa is that Africa is a dumping site – but we have just witnessed that the very same machinery that we are showcasing here [in case studies with industry professionals] are the very same ones that we have in our schools. We really appreciate that – you gave us the best.” – Teacher, Hhoho region, eSwatini
As part of eSwatini’s plan to achieve First World Status by 2020, the government decided to invest in education, supporting young people to become designers and engineers to further the country’s development. As part of the push, 70 Formech vacuum forming machines were purchased by the Ministry of Education and distributed to schools nationwide for use in Design and Technology classes.
However, Formech recently discovered that these ‘gadgets’ were being gravely underused – many not even out of boxes. Teachers simply did not know how to use them, or what their wider application is as a tool for designers and engineers.
So, Inspire set up a project to address this – to support their investment and share some of the inspiration our customers provide us, empowering both teachers and students to use their machines. Logistics were no small task, but we flew out a team including the CEO, and over 4 days visited each of the 4 regions in eSwatini to provide free and interactive training across the entire country.
We couldn’t be happier with how the week went – we were met with great enthusiasm from officials, teachers and students alike, and truly believe it’s been a mutual inspiration.
But this is just the beginning! We are committed to continuing our support and ensuring that the huge enthusiasm and creativity we witnessed persists.
Moving forwards, Inspire is facilitating the connection of schools in eSwatini, with partner schools in the UK. Students in both countries will receive an identical design brief to utilise their vacuum forming machines, and along with a cross cultural exchange of ideas, progress and projects will be shared, compared, and celebrated between the partnered schools.
If you’ve been inspired by our multinational project, or would like to be considered as a partner school, contact the Formech Inspire team today.
(Formerly known as Swaziland, the king recently renamed the country eSwatini – www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43821512 )