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With an estimated 1.37 billion students home from school as a result of COVID-19 safety measures, online learning is essential. But parents do not need to take on teaching responsibilities alone.
We have been operating in Central and Southern Africa in collaboration with the field offices. The UNESCO office in Brazzaville and Harare, for example, have been equipped with 3D printers and have the necessary capacities to conduct workshops using the online resources mentioned below. Trained experts have been identified in the region.
In other areas, we will have to build the capacity beforehand by sending out all the necessary resources to the field offices. Our field offices are key to the continuation of our workshops.
Tools such as Zoom can be used to conduct webinars especially by the trained experts in the regions. Again the field offices are key as they will be the ones to identify good Internet connections.
HQ will have a backstopping role and in the case of the Microscience Kits, we have stored around 5,000 kits in South Africa and it is a matter of sending out the kits from South Africa to the countries where we will be conducting the workshops.
The objective is to increase the interest of young people, and especially girls, in scientific disciplines that stimulate their critical thinking, innovation and problem-solving skills.
All the instructions and pedagogic resources required to organize the workshops are available online:
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