International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Partners for the
International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Contact Detail

Mr. Sydney Kloppers Ideas Activities
  • Mylab Chemistry and Natural Science kits
    Polokwane, South Africa
  • Email
    Tel +27 (0)79 620 9375
  • Sector:

    Primary or Secondary Education
  • Organizations:

    Mylab Chemistry and Natural Science kits
    North West University Potchefstroom Campus
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
  • Web Site:

    http://www.mylab.co.za

About:

As we all know, “The International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011 was a year-long celebration in which anyone could participate, where they can coordinate an activity, engage in a project, or simply share an idea, or become part of something special.” Now as we draw to the end of 2011, the question is what about 2012 and beyond?

How can we continue to build on the great work that “The International Year of Chemistry Network” has started, that will eventually meet global challenges face to face, for the future benefit of all who exist on this Amazing Planet Earth, that we all call HOME?

We would like to share an idea and invite you to look at a NEW EXCITING PROJECT that we have just launched now in November 2011. This project is focusing on the further development of NATURAL SCIENCE & CHEMISTRY in junior and high schools in developing nations around the World over the next 10 years at least, and we have called the project “One Million IMPACTING Two Hundred Million”!!

We have a short introductory video about our AMBITIOUS and AMAZING project waiting for you NOW on this web page http://www.mylab.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=19 (if the website is slow, please try again later, we have been receiving hundreds of hits every hour since our launch).

We encourage you to take the time to listen to what this project aims to achieve, and if you Love NATURAL SCIENCE & CHEMISTRY and you if AGREE with what we are striving to achieve, then you will have an opportunity to receive more details about our project by registering on our mailing list, which will send you the link for the second video. But for now, watch our first introductory video, and please forward this invitation to all your friends and colleagues that you think will be interested in such a project.

Thank you for your time, and we’ll be speaking to you through our videos soon.

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The poor average percentage achieved for Chemistry by grade 12 pupils (final high school year) in many developing countries, over the past years can be attributed to various factors. One of the most important factors is the fact that pupils are not motivated to study chemistry. This can be attributed to inadequate teaching strategies, the most important of which is the fact that the pupils do not perform the chemical practicals themselves. If pupils were allowed to do the experiments (which support the theory) themselves, it could contribute to a better visualization and lead to better understanding of concepts.

A unique approach to practical work was needed to address this problem of visualization. The Mylab Chemistry & Natural Science kits is the product of many years of development by well qualified and experienced chemistry lecturers at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. They have been involved in the training of Physical Science teachers for the past 25 years. The Mylab Chemistry & Natural Science kits was developed in close cooperation with learning facilitators and learners. The result is an unique and ingenious mini-laboratory for all chemistry and natural science experiments at school for grades 4 to 12. We are of the opinion that, if the Mylab Chemistry & Natural Science kits is made available to schools, many of the problems in the teaching of chemistry and natural science could be solved.