The Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre was founded as the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Programme in 2002 and formally re-constituted as an engagement unit in the Science Faculty of the Nelson Mandela University in 2008. In the period 2009 to 2016 the activities of the entity expanded and the entity was upgraded to an Engagement Centre in 2017. The primary academic thrust of unit activities was always in the area of FET Mathematics, with Physical Science a secondary academic focus area. The strategic approach to academic development always included the harnessing of modern technologies in an integrated way to create innovative modern T&L models and scaffolding support platforms for in-service teachers and learners that are compatible with and sensitive to education challenges in the secondary school system and broader educational environment in South Africa. This has resulted in the development of unique off-line curriculum aligned techno-blended Mathematics and Science teaching and learning models (TBM’s) for secondary schools and FET colleges. The T&L models has evolved over a period of ten years (since 2006) and is constantly being updated and extended via action research and development process. A range of FET Mathematics and Science teacher and learner development projects were implemented over the past five years and served as a working laboratory to facilitate the further development of T&L resources and components of the TBM’s that were used. The GMMDC also adopted the STEAM education in 2017 as an approach to promote and implement skills development for 4IR in schools.

Below are some pictures from the historical 2002 launch of the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit, known then as GMMSDU.