Danville Park Girls’ High learners in Top 6 Finalists of SA Young Researchers Symposium
SAIIA Young Researchers Symposium – Bronze Award Winners
Recently Alyssana Makhan and Asvina Jeena, both learners from Danville Park Girls High School were selected as one of the top six national finalist teams for the 2019 South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Young Researchers Symposium.
Their research paper was on climate change and food security. SAIIA acknowledged the enormous amount of work that went into each of the papers. “Each learner should feel pride at having achieved a task that even many university students struggle with. Participants should know that they are in a group made up of some of South Africa’s brightest and most inspirational young people. Papers were marked and moderated by experienced professionals in the field of environmental education, climate change and sustainable development.”
The team, accompanied by Mrs Kelly, was invited to participate in the National Young Researchers Symposium at Wits University on 2 October, where they presented their research in order to compete for Best Delegation. Unfortunately Alyssana could not make the finals, so Divishkar Naidoo presented in her place. The team gave a compelling 20 minute presentation which impressed the high powered adjudicators and were awarded a Bronze Award in third place for outstanding achievement.
The Young Researchers Symposium forms part of the 2019 EU-SA Youth for Climate Action Conference from 1-4 October 2019. The team will now join other outstanding young South Africans for a youth forum that will focus on creating official youth input for the South African government to take to United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 25 in December. This statement will be presented to government officials on 4 October at SAIIA.