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Chemistry in developing countries

Idea by Fastino Madzima   |   added on Mar 24, 2010 10:54AM Discussion Discussion
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most developing countries, especially most African countries, they do not have proper scientific and technical support to develop their education and in-turn scientific environment properly: they lack some of the most important training tools such as training instruments and information exchange etc, how can we help them?

Most of these mentioned soceities, they don't have proper labs, instruments, experienced personnel etc. Can we assess its impact to that society or an unverse at large? what else can we say about such societies? how can we help it? Is there any considerations that might be needed?

In my view, there must an organ from organisations such as IUPAC, UNICEF, etc which must have local representative at the same time they must be members to such bodies as IUPAC. This organ must firstly establish for instance in teriatry education, a central center where students can access scientific information, fully equiped laboratories etc, freely for the individuals or as institutes (colledge Class) even whole society . if such an organ is there, is there any way in which we can help it to effectively execute its obligations?

Topic: hands-on activities, science fair, seminars, science communication, workshops Audience: decision makers, professional chemists


Albert Ahatov
Apr 15, 2010 06:27PM

it would be great to help the children from such  countries

Nadia Kandile
Jun 20, 2010 08:15PM

Ok, it will be great but how we can do this Albert

Nadia Kandile


Candice Mckinnon
Aug 25, 2010 10:40PM

I think the internet has a massive role to play in helping children in less economically developed countries.

One idea could be to have a website with free access, similar to youtube, but which has carefully selected videos showing chemistry teachers giving good explanations (accompanied by experiments, demonstrated in a step-by-step method).

For the website to be successful and free access, it would require some form of funding (to market it to the target audience, and to potential volunteer teachers (who would create video clips, post them).  

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