04 Jun PROMOTE SCIENCE AND SCIENCE RELATED SUBJECTS IN YOUNG PEOPLE
PROMOTE SCIENCE AND SCIENCE RELATED SUBJECTS IN YOUNG PEOPLE
Promotion of science and science related subjects among students, especially girls, who live in the most marginalized areas within the secondary schools run by the Salesian Sisters of East Africa is the defining broad objective of this initiative. To successfully promote science in the 3 secondary schools, this project will focus on: teacher development and support; nurturing interest in science initiatives and projects; developing students from poor family backgrounds to become active learners in science and catering for students with strong interest and talent in science.
For successful realization of this science project, the following types of teacher development programs for empowering science teachers in the 3 schools will be done: seminars and workshops for teachers to share experiences on good practices in conducting hands-on and exploratory science projects; courses with practical sessions to update teachers with new developments in science and technology; Web-based teacher development program to upgrade teachers’ knowledge of science with the World Wide Web being the major source of science information, and learn what is happening around the world within the discourse of science.
The project intends to form science clubs in the 3 Secondary schools, Makuyu, Karare and Embu. The science club will offer students, especially the girls, the chance to do science-related extra-curricular activities that extend and enhance the knowledge of science they experience in their classroom syllabus. The club activities will lead to improvements in school performance. This can manifest as improved motivation and a positive impact on attitudes of the students. Members of the club will be required to develop an innovative and science project whose quality will be determined by proficient and well-trained science teachers, who will have undergone specific training on how to guide students who have not had the privilege of using some modern equipment, come up with the projects.
A variety of learning activities in the form of science competitions, experimental projects, independent study projects and issue-based learning projects are essential to develop students’ capabilities in science and technology. These activities will be conducted in the form of school-based programs. If necessary, there will be collaboration with tertiary institutions, professional bodies or the commercial sector. The students, especially the girls, will also be exposed to County level and National International Science and Agricultural fares, where they will learn of concepts which are beyond the household chores that the society has defined for them. It will motivate them to pursue science-related careers in the institutions of higher learning, which knowledge they will apply in uplifting their societies and regions which are often isolated from mainstream government services and infrastructure