The South African Air Force (SAAF) annually hosts the Young Falcon Aviation Awareness Winter Camp in various Provinces of South Africa in conjunction with the Provincial Department of Education. The Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Ltd (ARMSCOR), SAAB Grintek Defence, SAA, SANLAM, and African Ambassador Haulers are the key stakeholders through which Air Force seek to achieve its strategic goals. The winter camp is planned to expose 400 Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners to careers available in the aviation field. This year Aviation Awareness Camp is set to take place in KwaZulu-Natal District of Amajuba in Newcastle.
The programme is aimed at introducing learners from grade 10 – 12 to aviation with specific attention to mathematics and physical science subjects. 2019 marks the 13th year since the South African Air Force is involved with the Youth Development programme through aviation awareness outreach initiatives under the slogan “Siyandinza Young Falcon”, with the aim to inspire the young South Africans whose aspirations are to reach for the sky. The target markets for this year are Grades 10, 11 and 12 learners. The Air Force Young Falcons Aviation Awareness Winter Camp is aligned with the vision of our first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela who believed that “Education is the best weapon which you can use to change the world” and that is what this programme is aimed to achieve with the learners of Kwazulu-Natal.
The programme will not only benefit the learners academically but will also provide an opportunity to learn important people skills and behaviour patterns that build characters such as time management, team work, perseverance and leadership. It also distinguished from generic winter school programs as it focuses on providing the opportunity to grasp concepts of Maths and Science subject. The academic program is facilitated by subject experts to provide practical application of concepts dealt with in the Department of Education curriculum. Anticipated outcome at the end of camp, the programme will seek to achieve: An improved understanding and application of Maths and Science method by learners.
A potential pool of candidates for employment and bursaries in the South African Air Force Armament Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), SAAB Grintek Defence, SANLAM and African Ambassador Haurlers. RESTRICTED RESTRICTED 2 Learners will have the opportunity to be exposed to non-traditional career. Assist learners in the preparations for the matric examinations particularly in the fields of maths and science. Spiritual guidance by the Air Force Chaplain throughout the camp. A career exhibition open day will take place on 22 June 2019 all learners including the youth that completed matric not yet 22 years old are invited to attend the exhibition.
The award ceremony will take place on Friday 28 June 2019 followed by mini military honour parade to conclude the Young Falcons Camp on Saturday 29 June 2019.
This parade will be performed by learners to showcase the drill techniques they learned over the two weeks. Members of the public are invited in large numbers to witness the prestigious occasion.
Issued by: South African Air Force Director Corporate Staff Service Enquiries: Director: SA Air Force Corporate Staff Services Brigadier General Hilton Smith O: 012 312 1413 F: 012 312 2801 M: 079 280 5601 Aviation Awareness Coordinator Colonel August Lekalakala M: 082 823 8421