The event held on the 6th April 2016 at Fons Luminus High school was an overall success. The Matriculant students appeared to grasp the idea of architecture and the built environment as well as related job opportunities. The planning and execution of the activities on a minimal budget was done well by the team, though in future having some sponsors on board would help elevate the standards of our workshops.
11.5% of South Africas GDP is created through the construction industry, but South Africa’s work force is not as skilled as it needs to be to keep on top of our infrastructure, and sustain the growing population of our country and Province of Gauteng. AAC has used this workshop at Fons Luminus High school as an opportunity to develop and educate previously disadvantaged students in Soweto about the possibility of joining the Built environment sector. We attempt to enrich the lives of the students by making them aware of the opportunities they have, and what they need to do in order to get there. By doing this, we give a chance to young adults (currently the most grossly unemployed group of South Africa) to create better, more sustainable futures despite their previously disadvantaged gender or ethnicity.