YEP Final Competition


Never underestimate the next man’s potential. A man’s background cannot predetermine their success. ORT SA has strived to incorporate this ethos through their mission to upskill and educate young South Africans in disadvantaged areas for a promising future.


ORT SA, in partnership with STET, implemented a Coding and Robotics extra-curricular programme in 2017 at Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation. The primary focus of the extra-curricular programme was to help teachers empower their students with technological and entrepreneurial skills.


Four years later, a selected number of teachers and students participated in the World ORT YEP Competition, which consisted of 7 competitors from different geographic locations such as Argentina and Brazil, to name a few. The ORT SA YEP Team comprised four teachers and 12 learners (one boy and eleven girls) called Team CNSOS.


For the World ORT YEP Final Competition, Team CNSOS decided to create a prototype health booth that will alleviate pressure at the clinics, and be of convenience to public citizens of South Africa. 


After months of hard work and preparation, on the 20th of October 2021, it was time for Team CNSOS to showcase their invention to the panel of the YEP Final Competition judges. It brings us great pleasure to announce that Team CNSOS were just 1% away from declaring victory as they came second in the YEP Final Competition.


However, there is a silver lining to this outstanding achievement. Even though we face challenges and oppressing situations in our lives, it doesn’t predetermine what we can achieve. Despite the odds stacked against the students of Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation, they still prevailed by turning their potential into prosperity.


ORT SA would like to congratulate and commend coding facilitator Amini Murinda for guiding the students throughout the years. We want to extend gratitude and commendation to the principal and teachers of Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation for patiently walking this journey with the students. Lastly, we want to commend the learners for their hard work and dedication in completing their four-year journey and achieving excellence. We are incredibly proud of all of you!!