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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour hosted the two-day “Sub-Regional Micro-Science Experiments Project Workshop” for Natural Science Teachers in Saint Lucia from Tuesday 30th June – Wednesday 1st July, 2015.
The two-day “Sub-Regional Micro-Science Experiments Project Workshop” brought together over 35 Natural Science Teachers from 24 secondary schools across Saint Lucia, in an attempt to introduce them to this exciting initiative aimed at promoting capacity building for science education and enhancing the development of scientific thinking and experimentation.
The UNESCO Global Micro-Science Experiments Project, was developed and launched by UNESCO and the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) over two decades ago, and successfully implemented in over 70 countries around the world.
The concept of the project is to introduce to Science Teachers and Schools a new hands-on approach to the teaching and learning of science, by targeting different levels in the education process, from the primary, secondary and tertiary sections to policy-makers.
This Micro-Science method provides new teaching tools which contribute to capacity building, even in areas where no laboratory facilities are available. The Global Micro-Science Experiments Project is a practical science education initiative that gives students, at all levels, the opportunity to conduct practical work in physics, chemistry and biology, using kits that are veritable mini-laboratories.
The ceremony to mark the official launch of the project, and the start of the two-day workshop, was addressed by both Saint Lucia’s Minster for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, Honourable Dr Robert Lewis and Honourable Dr. James Fletcher, Minister for the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology.
The Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Guyana National Commission and the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean will officially launch the project in Saint Lucia in September 2015.
The National Commission and by extension, the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour is excited about the introduction of the UNESCO Global Micro-Science Experiments Project to Saint Lucia.