UNESCO APPROVES SUB REGIONAL PROJECT FOR THE EXPANSION OF ITS MICROSCIENCE PROGRAMME IN THE CARIBBEAN
‘The steady decline of enrolment of young people in science is cause for concern, and it is in this endeavour that UNESCO’s work in Science Education aims to make a difference. In a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology, the team recognizes this and has made it its mission to not only spread education but to make an interest in the Sciences a prominent and lasting feature wherever it is offered’.(UNESCO, 2011). One approach used by UNESCO is its Global Micro-science Experiments Project which provides developed and developing countries alike with new teaching tools. This Global Micro-science Experiments Project is a hands-on science education project that gives primary and secondary school students as well as university students the opportunity to conduct practical work in physics, chemistry and biology, using kits that come with booklets The project thus contributes to capacity building, in areas where limited/no laboratory facilities are available. The experimental techniques that can be covered on a micro-scale include everything from separating the components of mixtures to measuring rates of reactions between chemicals.
|Saints students using the Microscience kits|
This is a Caribbean joint project is a partnership between Guyana, Belize and St. Lucia. Based on the successful implementation of this project in Guyana, the Science Unit, National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), Ministry of Education - Guyana is assigned the lead agency to execute this sub-regional project. Over 90 secondary schools have been equipped with micro-science kits for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This expansion was facilitated through funding from the national budget this year which is follow up support from UNESCO’s Kingston Cluster Office, Jamaica.