UNESCO and BNTF donate micro-science kits

(ZIZ News) — Primary and Secondary school teachers in the Federation are now equipped with the tools needed to take the elements of a science lab into the classroom.

At a handing over ceremony at the University of the West Indies Open Campus on Wednesday, UNESCO and the Basic Needs Trust Fund presented 870 micro-science kits to the Ministry of Education.

Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Katherine Grigsby spoke of the importance of hands-on teaching in classrooms

“UNESCO promoted micro-science experiments play a key role in Science education. As we know it offers students hands on experience and the opportunity to conduct practical work in Physics, Chemistry and Biology through science kits or mini-laboratories that are cost effective and safe, affordable than more conventional equipment and materials,” she said.

Minister of Education, Honourable Shawn Richards made a call to teachers to routinely evaluate the students’ use of these kits.

“I think that the best thing that we can use to make our case is not necessarily that we don’t have the finances to do so but to be able to show through the use of statistics that the kits have been put to good use, we have seen an increase in the number of students participating,” he said.

The presentation was a follow–up to a teacher training session which took place in December.

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