International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Xoli Ndebele Ideas Activities
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    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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    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
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As a woman scientist especially Chemist , I have noticed with awe the decline in appreciation and interest in today's youth towards Chemistry. It is now studied as a substitute for Pharmacy in most cases, not out of the love of being a Chemist. I feel in our country it is now a course that is pursued out of dejection , if ever there is an English word like that. I am saying this because of the caliber of students that come to industry for their internship programs it really is a cause for concern.

I am not 100% sure of what causes this , but I think most industrialists do not respect THE CHEMISTS!!!!!