Boeing, South African Airways launch aviation education project

Boeing, South African Airways, the Department of Public Enterprises and the Department Basic Education have unveiled Project SiVulindlela, a project to bring aviation education to South Africa’s young people.

Project SiVulindlela is a mobile education unit based on the interior of a Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft designed to inspire young people in remote and rural communities in South Africa about careers in aviation, Boeing said at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 exhibition on Friday. SiVulindlela is a Xhosa word meaning “we are opening the way.”

Boeing and South African Airways want to open the aerospace industry to South African’s young people, while also helping to promote learning in the core subjects of, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“As South African Airways, we are extremely proud that we are able to contribute so tangibly and broadly in helping learners make informed decisions when considering a career in aviation,” said Monwabisi Kalawe, CEO of South African Airways. “Today we are kick-starting a nation-wide awareness program to ensure that many learners around the country are made aware of the opportunities that exist in aviation. We are motivated by this breakthrough to be able today to stand in front of learners and bring to them, not just ideas we have, but a practical glimpse of what is possible in pursuing a careers in aviation.”

Boeing and South African Airways have taken a standard cargo container and converted it to resemble the interior of a Boeing Next-Generation 737. The mobile cargo container is complete with a flight deck, passenger seats, overhead bins and a demonstration engine. It is also equipped with a plasma screen and iPad functionality to enhance the learning experience.

The mobile display will tour the entire country, with particular focus on the remote and rural communities of South Africa. Pilots, technicians and cabin crew members from South African Airways will conduct tutorials on career options and opportunities available in aviation.

“The aviation industry plays a crucial role in the movement of passengers and cargo, facilitating cross-border trade and enhancing socio-economic standards across the African continent,” said J. Miguel Santos, vice president, Africa, Boeing International and sales director, Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Project SiVulindlela is an investment in the future development of young South Africans to inspire them to become the pilots, engineers, technicians and airline personnel of tomorrow.”

Project SiVulindlela is another example of corporation between Boeing and its South African partners. Last month, together with South African Airways, Boeing announced that the two companies were collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. This followed an announcement earlier this year that the two companies, along with other stakeholders, were looking to expand opportunities for farmers in Southern Africa to grow crops that produce sustainable fuels.

(Written by defenceWeb)

Learning is not a spectator sport

This week, try an Active Learning Lecture.

1. If you are using PowerPoint, make your first slide a picture to show students a real life application of the ideas to be discussed that day.

2. Pause every 12 – 15 minutes to ask a purposeful question (one you have prepared) that requires students to apply theory to practice.

3. In the 3 – 5 minute pause, ask students to answer the question individually and then in a small group of 3. Use the Think, Write, Pair, Share strategy.

4. Ask for responses, give immediate feedback and correct misconceptions if necessary.

5. In another pause, do a comprehension check. Use the Quick Write strategy – ask students to write for 2 minutes about what they have learnt (or pose a problem for them to solve), then share with a peer for 1 minute or so.

6. At the end of the lesson, use the 3-2-1 strategy – ask students to write 3 things that have learned today, 2 things they found interesting and 1 question they still have. The question might be a Ticket to Exit that they hand to you on their way out.

7. Address the questions at the start of the next lesson.


Students will be more engaged to think critically and reflectively.
Students will be more collaborative and peer teaching might happen.
You can check and correct misconceptions immediately.
There are multiple opportunities to give and receive feedback.

(By Georgina Sanger at Griffith University)

“Learning is not a spectator sport” (Chickering & Gamson, 1987, p. 4).